Summer NAMM 2019 Show Report
Well we have just completed another visit to the brilliant Summer NAMM show in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee and what a great show it was. Filled with exciting new brands, pedals and musical products, the room was packed from start to finish. As always, our dear friend Jamie Gale and his team at the Boutique Guitar show case put on a knock out exhibition, presenting a wide array of beautiful luthier-built instruments.
Here are a few of the show's highlights and guitars we fell in love with...
Always great to catch up with the legendary Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitars. Richard and I got to spend some one on one time talking about TNAG and all the beautiful guitars we have in the showroom at the moment, as well as a very exciting new project we are working on out here in Nashville. Here is a great video the TNAG team just put together of some of the beauties we have in our London showroom...
One of the real show stoppers for us was the brilliant new concept Iris Guitars from luthier Adam Buchwald of Circle String instruments. Iris are making outstanding affordable slope-shouldered body shapes, which are dubbed OG and inspired by Gibson’s X-braced LG guitars. The body is designed to appeal to a wide range of players. It’s deeper at the tail-block than an LG, for an enhanced bass response.
With the help of his employees, Nick Durkee, Bobby Webb and soon to be joined by our dear friend and phenomenal luthier Dale Fairbanks of Fairbanks Guitars, Buchwald hand-makes each Iris OG with quality woods: a Carpathian or Sitka soundboard with non-scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing and Honduran (or African) mahogany back and sides, naturally all solid.
Watch this space for an influx of these gigantic sounding guitars at an incredible price!
Next up we had the outrageous talent of the legendary Bryan Galloup of Galloup Guitars. Bryan was exhibiting a show piece as well as this stunning Deco Nouveau in Brazilian Rosewood.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bryan's work, Bryan is a true pioneer in the luthier world and without a doubt one of our industry leaders in the preservation of vintage and contemporary fretted instruments. Bryan's Galloup Guitars HQ is an 11,000 square foot full-service guitar facility, custom designed by Bryan to handle all operations in-house including: instrument finishing, wood re-sawing, lecture rooms, digital and media rooms, CNC and CAD departments, instrument restorations, custom instrument making and Lutherie training. Having his guitars presented at this year's BGS at Summer NAMM was a real treat and he had customers lining up to try and get their hands on them.
Tuna Tone Guitars
I really enjoyed these brilliant little tele inspired Tuna Tone Guitars. Super light, very pretty and a joy to play. This one above was their TeenyTuna model which has an incredibly light sitka Spruce body and black Walnut neck. The pick ups were single coil roundhouse, which had a really distinctive punch and clarity to them. TNAG's Brian Love would have loved this one! I hope to see more of these guys very soon...
Great to see our dear friends Skytop Gitars being exhibited and getting so much attention at the show.
Kauer are a regular exhibit at the NAMM shows with the BGS and as always exhibiting something super sexy that draws in a nice crowd. I absolutely fell in love with this new Shoreliner model they have just introduced. All I can say is keep your eyes peeled as we will be getting some of these babies into the showroom very soon.
Wide Sky Guitars
We have been keeping a close eye on Wide Sky Guitars these past few years and every time I see and play one I remember why. They are awesome! Light punch and with a neck that is so easy to play on it almost convinces me I can play electric guitar. Recently picked up and loved by no other than blues master Gary Clark Jr, you can see why the sold sign hit its neck at the Boutique Guitar Showcase with in minutes of the doors opening.
Tausch Electric Guitars
Next up we have the very pretty Tausch 665 Model made by Rainer Tausch, which i also really enjoyed playing. The semi-acoustic body is made of Pear wood which makes it super light and super powerful. Played these guitars a few times at other NAMM & BGS shows and they always stand out.
Another phenomenal guitar on display this year was built by Dion Guitars. Again I have had the pleasure of playing a few of these beautiful instruments at past shows but this No.4 in Maple and Italian spruce really stole my heart at the show. Dion have some wonderful unique internal structures that hugely impact the overall tone of the guitar. First and foremost they have a hollow core back made of 4 (yes that was 4) layers of wood, which creates an incredibly active back, thus giving massive projection. Paired with the sides being constructed from three layers of wood means the top is then lighter and of course louder. I can honestly say this was one of the loudest maple guitars I have played in a while. As soon as I got back to my hotel...i emailed Dion so look out hopefully for some coming to The North American Guitar showroom very soon.
Malinoski had a great display this year and I just loved their HiTop #373.
Here are some other show highlights...
All in all it was another great show and wonderful seeing so many friends new and old. Until next year...
Have a great weekend.