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NAMM 2018 Live Blog

We are at the 2018 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, and will be reporting on all of the new releases and announcements from our luthiers at the show. Check back throughout the show to find out what's new!

Thursday 25th January 2018:

Taylor Guitars Announces New V-Class Bracing

Taylor Guitars has announced its revolutionary new V-Class bracing, designed by Taylor Master Designer Andy Powers:
Read more about Taylor's V-Class bracing here

 

Frank Brothers Preview New Arcade Model

Earlier this week, Frank Brothers teased their new model on Instagram, which they are premiering at NAMM today. More details will follow, but what we do know is that the model is called 'Arcade' and will see the Frank Brothers Signature design available at a more affordable price point. 

 

The Guitar Magazine managed to sneak a few minutes with the new Frank Brothers Arcade model:


And here is Nick Frank of Frank Bros Guitar Co. to talk The Guitar Magazine through the guitars the company is exhibiting at the NAMM show:

 

 

 

Henriksen Amplifiers preview new Blu amp at NAMM

Following on from the success of the Bud, Henriksen has announced a new amp in the form of the Blu. A one-channel version of the Bud, and considerably lighter, the Blu is sure the appeal even more to guitarists looking for portability at a great price. Here's a sneak peak below:

Find out more here.

 

Mike Dawes Live at the Tonewood-Amp Booth

Our good friend Mike Dawes is at NAMM helping to showcase the Tonewood-Amp! Here he is live from the show today: 
 We have Tonewood-Amps in stock right now. Purchase here!

 

TNAG Meets Taylor Guitars' Bob Taylor & Andy Powers

Ben Montague & Bob Taylor

TNAG's Ben Montague ended a very busy first day by meeting up with Taylor co-founder Bob Taylor and Master Designer Andy Powers at a private viewing to find out more about Taylor's new V-Class bracing.

 

Friday 26th January 2018:

B&G Guitars Announces Prototype Amp

Today, B&G Guitars has announced 'Prototype', the Israeli company's first guitar amplifier.
Prototype is a 16-watt, hand-wired, tube amp built in B&G;s Tel-Aviv workshop. The first limited run of 100 pieces features NOS capacitors.
Find out more and pre-order here.

 

Live From NAMM With Dana Bourgeois

The Guitar Magazine is live at the Bourgeos Guitars booth with Dana Bourgeois:

 

 

Check out these insane NAMM Guitars from the Bourgeouis Booth:

We are absolutely in love with these LDBO's. Look out for out incoming LDBO's very soon.

OM, D Custom, and a beautiful Piccolo Parlour...

We just loved the Gold Sparkle in this LDBO. Look at that headstock!

Great to catch up with the man himself Mr Dana Bourgeois...
Look out for all our incoming Bourgeois Guitars in a few weeks time.

Ryan Guitars

We have been huge fans of Ryan Guitars here at The North American Guitar for as long as we can remember. Kevin Ryan is one of the industries true design pioneers and his innovation in guitar design is seen throughout the entire guitar market. Check out some of this stunning Ryan Guitars being exhibited at this years NAMM Show.

Here is Kevin presenting his NAMM Guitars ina Facebook Live session with The Guitar Magazine.

A Stunning Ryan Paradiso...

We are just in love with this Nightingale in Brazilian Rosewood and Bear Claw Sitka featuring Kevin's incredible Flute Bevel. 

TV Jones

Next up we are chatting with TV Jones! I first met Tom back at The Holy Grail Guitar show in Berlin a few years ago and have been workign together ever since. Check out their new Humbucker pick up launching at NAMM this year longside their new Spectra Sonics currently available at The North American Guitar.

Sean & Tom walking us through their NAMM line up...

Spalt Instruments

It was great to catch up with our very dear friend Michael Spalt of Spalt Instruments to check out his incredible (and a TNAG favorite) H624 and new Tool model.

Look out for a more in depth interview with Michael in the coming weeks...

Frank Brothers Guitar Company

it is great to see how much attention Frank Brothers Guitars are receiving at this year's show. Having launched their new Arcade model and some amazing new finished to their signature model their booth is packed all day long. 

2017 was an incredible year for the Frank Brothers but I have to say having now seen and played their new Arcade models I think this could be an even bigger year! Watch this space!

Isaac Jang Guitars

This man needs no introduction .... We finally got our hands on our Isaac Jang OM in Cocobolo and it is everything and more! I have been looking forward to TNAG bringing in a Jang instrument for over two years and cannot believe it is finally here! Can you tell I am just a little bit happy! 

Look at that set of Cocobolo...

For more info on this incredible OM from Isaac Jang, please click here.

Jens Ritter Instruments

It was no surprise Jens Ritter sold out the show within 3 hours as this year he pulled out all the stops. Here is a selection of some of his exhibition:
This absolutely beautiful Princess Isabella was inspired by his trip to London in the Summer.

Check out this beautiful Porsch model... 

Frank Hartung

We also bumped into our the brilliant Frank Hartung who was displaying a beautiful selection of his Embrace models...

Lame Horse

One of the show stoppers for us this year really was Lame Horse Guitars..No only have ordered one of the guitars exhibiting called Lianne but Chris and Jeremy Jenkins definitely pulled out all the stops and presented an unbelivable selection of stuning Guitars. Here are a selection of what Chris had on display...
Here is our incoming LH14 in cocobolo...with out a doubt one of the best LH14's we have played. Just look at that set of Cocobolo...

 

Here are two gorgeous Lame Horse Guitars signature Saddle Pals..recently reviewed in Acoustic Magazine with a 5* review.

This gorgeous Elko sold within minutes of the show opening and has tempted us to bring one into the showroom later on in the year! Check out the rosette work hand-carved by Chris...

We have some really exciting interviews to share with you all very soon, so please keep an eye out on our Blog. A big thank you to Antoine Gedroyc for all his help filming at the show...

Another NAMM show done and what an incredible show it was. BIG congratulations to Jamie Gale and The Boutique Guitar Showcase for an absolutely knock out NAMM exhibition...Until next year! Ben.

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