NAMM 2020 – Guitars & Basses

NAMM 2020 – Guitars & Basses

As always, the world of guitars is at the forefront of the music industry and attracts the biggest crowds every year at NAMM. We’re sure that this year will be no exception. The guitar’s trustiest companion, the bass guitar, is also a hard hitter. On this page you will find the latest and the greatest about guitar & bass products unveiled at NAMM 2020 from all the leading brands…

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Also don’t forget to check out our YouTube Playlist for NAMM 2020 Guitars & Basses

Gretsch G5655T EMTC CB Jr. Bigsby (in 3 colours)

The G5655T Electromatic Centre Block Jr. features a slightly smaller 14” single-cut maple body with a chambered spruce centre block, 12”radius laurel fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, pearloid neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, dual Black Top Broad Tron humbuckers and an Adjusto-Matic with Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece. Available in Casino Gold, Dark Cherry Metallic and Jade Grey Metallic! Stunning!

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard

The EVH Wolfgang Standard is ready to take over! The line has been expanded to suit all demographics, all age groups and all music types. They are beautifully crafted with a baked maple neck and fingerboard, Floyd Rose R2 locking bridge, 2x Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucker pickups and some fantastic new finishes.

Check out all the specs straight from the source in the video below and see all the finishes that the Wolfgang comes in:

Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern Abyss

Chapman‘s ML Modern Standard is newly improved with rolled fretboard edges, baked tonewoods and brand new pickups with high-quality US-sourced magnets. It features a lightweight mahogany body and flamed maple veneer top complemented with two Sonorous Zero humbuckers!

Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern Baritone Abyss

Chapman Guitars presents a new and improved ML1 Modern Baritone in its glorious Ocean Fade Abyss finish. Alder body, smooth satin-finished maple neck and ebony fretboard, and fully-equipped with two brand new Sonorous Zero Baritone humbuckers with high-quality US-sourced magnets!

Fender Strat Jazz Deluxe TFSG

Is it a Strat or a Jazzmaster? Well, it’s kinda both! The Strat hardware gets fused with an offset body to create a unique-looking instrument, finished with a gorgeous Transparent Seafoam Green flamed-maple top and a 1-piece rosewood neck. It doesn’t get any more luxurious than that. Oh and the pickups: 3x Texas Special! Rawk!

Fender Player Lead III Strat

Similar to the Lead II strat, the Lead III features two humbuckers instead of the single-coils. All the other features are almost identical, sans the finishes: Olympic White, Sienna Sunburst and Metallic Purple. Rock on!

Fender Player Lead II Strat

The Lead series from Fender makes his comeback! Born in 1979, the series was associated with names such as Steve Morse, Eric Clapton and St. Vincent.
The Lead II features dual slanted single coil pickups, modern C-shape neck, medium jumbo frets, 2 toggle switches (pickup selection and phase reverse) and 3 finishes: Crimson Red Transparent, Black and Neon Green.

Uptown Strat - Parallel Universe Series

It’s not Bruno Mars signature guitar, but it wouldn’t look bad in his hands. Four potentiometers, 2 humbuckers, mahogany body and neck: this guitar aims to fill the gap between a typical Stratocaster and a Singlecut set-neck guitar.

Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby® - Parallel Universe Series

The original Troublemaker had a spot-on name: it was very inspired by a Gibson guitar we all know and love. This new version gets a “Deluxe” treatment, which including a Bigsby vibrato to make the instrument classier than ever.

Fender Maverick Dorado - Parallel Universe Series

Fender debuts 3 new models under their “unusual” offering of instruments which can be described as… unique, to say the least. The 2020 lineup consists of 3 models:

Maverick Dorado UB – A guitar that seems to have been built out of spare parts – which is quite close to the truth. Remember the Electric XII? This is a revamped and better-thought-out offering with 6 strings, FilterTron-style humbuckers, a Bigsby B50 vibrato unit, dark ebony fingerboard and 3 finishes to choose from: Ultraburst, Mystic Pine Green, Firemist Gold

Joe Dart signature bass!

Joe Dart, of Vulfpeck fame, has a new minimalist design / highly-playable bass model out from Music Man. Get ready to bob your head and kick out the funk!! 😸 Coming soon!

Engl E633 Fireball 25

A magnificent tube amplifier head for electric guitar; with 25 watts of power and two channels powered by 2x 6L6GC tubes and utilising 4x ECC83 /12AX7 pre-amp tubes for an all-out rock fest! Made in Germany. Check out our product page for more details:

Chapman Guitars ML3 Std. Bea Mensis & Baritone Bea Paleblood

Chapman’s latest release, this beast looks, feels and sounds incredible. Alder body, flame maple top, maple neck, ebony (Diospyros Celebica) fingerboard, upgraded Chapman Henchman mini Rrail humbucker (neck) and Chapman henchman humbucker (bridge) pickups. Check out the full specs on our product page. Also available in a baritone version in Paleblood red.

Chapman Guitars ML1 Pro Mod Lunar Ltd.

This sleek, other-worldly beauty is a one-of-a-kind guitar! Chapman releases this masterpiece loaded with two Sonorous Alnico 5 humbucker pickups, Hipshot Grip-Lock open tuners, glow-in-the-dark side dots, a flame maple solid carve top and a beautiful satin lunar finish that is sure to draw anyone in.

Chapman Guitars ML2J (Teal, Teal LH and Deep Cherry)

This stylish Thomann Special Edition LP-style guitar is one of Chapman Guitars’ latest releases and is sure to please both vintage and modern guitars lovers. With its mahogany body and neck, Macassar Ebony fretboard and single Chapman P90 bridge pickup, it’s simply a rock ‘n’ roll machine!

It is available for pre-order in our shop, also in a left-handed version and a Deep Cherry finish!

Harley Benton FRFR-112A Guitar DSP Monitor

This rather inconspicuous box delivers 1200 watts of power via a Class-D circuit. You probably can’t compare this with a guitar amp/box, but it does provide enough headroom. A single 12″ speaker is driven by a 1″ tweeter – a classic FRFR (Full Range Flat Response) setup. Did we mention is contains 4 built-in DSP loudspeaker emulations?! Now that’s practical!

JHS Pedals Paul Gilbert PG-14 Distortion

Legendary guitarist Paul Gilbert doesn’t mess around, especially when it comes to distortion and tone. This product is his career-spanning accumulation of sounds all in one pedal, it’s all he wants and needs. So if you’re ready to shred you should definitely check this one out ASAP.

Blackstar Sonnet - Acoustic guitar amps!

Blackstar announces a new series of acoustic amps, developed in collaboration with guitar virtuoso Jon Gomm. Aimed at enhancing the natural sound of the acoustic guitar thanks to a custom-voiced “Natural speaker, these amps come equipped with high pass and brilliance controls, bluetooth streaming and are compact and travel-friendly.

Maxon Apex808

Maxon teamed up with the original inventor of the 808 circuit, Susuma Tamura, to create the Apex808. Could this be the ultimate Tubescreamer style overdrive pedal ever made? In Maxon’s own words, “this pedal has a never-heard-before transparency, clarity and note-to-note separation“.

PRS 35th Anniversary Dragon Frostbite

Is this a guitar or a work of fine art? I’m not even sure if I would dare play such an instrument, solely for its sheer value. This private stock Dragon-designed guitar features an african ribbon mahogany body (khaya ivorensis), private-stock-grade curly maple top, chalteccoco neck, a pattern regular shape, ziricote fretboard with a stunning 35th anniversary dragon inlay, 2x PRS 85/15 humbuckers and so many more carefully-designed details. Limited to only 135 pieces worldwide (40 pieces for Europe).

Sandberg California II SL TT 4 BK RM

This German-made bass has a paulownia body, toasted maple bolt-on neck, roasted maple fretboard22 Frets, 2 Sandberg Blacklabel T Noiseless Single Coil pickups and 2-band Active / Passive EQ. Can’t ask for more, check it out in our shop:

Schecter Silver Mountain Series

Schecter debuts its new Silver Mountain series, featuring mahogany bodies, arched tops, mahogany necks (equipped with 3-piece carbon fibre reinforcements), ebony fretboard with glow-in-the-dark inlay side dots, Floyd Rose 1500 or Fixed bridges, Sustainiac in the neck and Grover tuners. That’s what I call badass!

Boss Acoustic Singer Live LT

With the Acoustic Singer Live LT amp, BOSS is launching a stage combo with the highest sound quality and versatility. A compact workhorse with independent channels for acoustic guitar and microphone. The result is studio quality sound. This two-channel acoustic companion convinces with a number of sound-optimising effects and connection options. The inclined housing design ensures optimised sound projection. Sixty Watts of acoustic sound!

BOSS Katana Artist MkII

The new Boss Katana Artist MkII is here and already in our shop! The 100 W modelling combo amp for electric guitar scores with further improved sound and exclusive functions. On board are an analog Class AB amplifier section, 5 amp types, with 5 variants each, and 8 tone memory slots. The BOSS Tone Studio Editor software has been revised with more than 60 BOSS effects and new editing functions such as pre- and post-EQs and much more. Everything available from clean to high-gain to electro-acoustic sounds. 👇

Nighthawk Plus

The Nighthawk series from Sandberg is expanded by a Plus version. Head plates and pickguard are in a noble black. Available in three finishes: Inca Silver, Copper and Dark Grey. Elegant and sexy.

California VM-5

The brand new VM-5 is equipped with Aguilar pickups and electronics, OBP-2 tone control and AG-5P ’60s P-Bass + AG-5M MM-Bass pickups on board. Powerful stuff!

The Lionel Bass

The first shorts-cale bass from Sandberg! With a 30-inch scale, passive tone control and split-coil pickup. Nothing short of perfection!

D'Angelico Mini DC Models (Premier and Excel series)

Check out these gorgeous new semi-hollow models by D’Angelico, 14″ wide with slim C neck profile! The Premier version has Seymour Duncan Duncan Designed” pickups and is available in Ocean Turquoise, Champagne and Fiesta Red finishes. The Excel version has Seymour Duncan 59s, coil split, Grover Imperial tuners, ebony fretboard, Vintage Natural, Trans Cherry and Black finishes. Coming soon to our shop!

Walrus Audio Julia v2 (Chorus / Vibrato)

The vibrato and chorus effects that you get from this Walrus Audio boutique pedal are incredibly lush and stunning! An upgrade from the Julia (version 1), this pedal features top jacks (to give you more room on your pedal boards), new artwork, a soft-switch (less click-y) with momentary switching and all the versatile controls as the first version.

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster!

This is exciting, a Strat version of the Acoustasonic series (electric and acoustic hybrid guitars)! It’s not the same sounds and features of the Tele version in a Stratocaster body, the whole thing has been reworked to fit with the Strat sound and feel. Watch the video below 👇 to get all the in-depth details. Fantastic, can’t wait to try one. Coming soon to our shop!

Music Man Sabre guitar series is back!

A reissue of a model they offered in the ’80s, okoume body, carved maple top , roasted figured maple neck, wider-than-standard neck (1 11/16″), 2 humbuckers, 5-way switch and locking tuners. Four fantastic finishes: Cobra, Boujee Burst, Honey Suckle and Blue Moonstone! We’re excited!

Harley Benton TUBE5 & TUBE15 Celestion amps are here!

These little devils are going to fly off the shelves… Equipped with an 8″ Celestion super speaker and a 12″ Celestion Seventy speaker, respectively, and powered by a 6V6GT tube and using 1 or 3 ECC83 pre-amp tubes, respectively, these tube combo amps simply can’t be beat for their price point. Now available for preorder

EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V2

This Distortion / Boost pedal from Earthquaker Devices is not one to miss. If you’re into darker atmospheres and grittier tones this monster is for you! Listen to what it can do in the video below

Boss SY 1000

Make your guitar (or bass) sound like a synthesizer, really! Just watch the video below for a demonstration and then read the specs on our product page 🙂

Orange Little Bass Thing

This little bass thing is a huge deal! Looks can be deceiving, this cute little baby can shake your walls and rattle your windows. See the product page and video below for all it’s features and specs.

Orange Bass Butler

The Bass Butler from Orange is a UK-made Bi-Amp Preamp Pedal for bass guitar. The first channel, which always remains on, features compression control as well as bass, treble and volume control. The second channel, which is switchable, allows you to control gain, bass, mid, treble and volume. Each channel has a balanced XLR DI-out with bass- and guitar-cab simulation and a mix output without simulation. It also features an input for an expression pedal. Check out the video below for instructions on how to use this beast… 👇

Ibanez presents its 2020 line of guitars

Ibanez introduces their new line of guitars for 2020 and they are looking fantastic and sounding better than ever. For a run through of all the new (quite diverse) models watch the video below 👇 Kris & Guillaume got an exclusive look before NAMM 2020 and share their knowledge and excitement with us…

 

Ibanez 2020 basses revealed!

This killer 5-stringer is part of the IbanezBTB Series, only one of the series in their 2020 line. It features an ash body with okoume wings a poplar burl top, maple/walnut neck and a jatoba fretboard.

Julia got to see all the new Ibanez bass models at the Ibanez Germany Showroom, before NAMM, for an exclusive overview of what will be released this year… Check it out in the video below 👇

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Joe started playing the acoustic guitar when he was 10 and has been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires singers who create these in unique ways. Check out his indie-pop band Best of Feelings.

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