The NAMM Report 2019: Part One
So the dust has settled on yet another whirlwind Winter NAMM show. This year, we decided to do it a little differently and let the YouTube channels and Facebook feeds calm down before posting our review and interviews to give all of the luthiers and brands we represent some decent air time.
As you can imagine, the NAMM show is a wonderful chance for us to meet, hug and shake hands with every friend, brand, luthier and supplier we represent here at The North American Guitar which, we believe, in a world of emails and mobile messaging, is worth its weight in gold! The NAMM Show gives the opportunity for every guitar brand to exhibit their new line of guitars, accessories and limited edition runs, of which this year there were many, including the 40th Anniversary Rick Turner Model 1 Lindsey Buckingham, the jaw dropping Spalt ‘Happy Prince’, Isaac Jang's all new mind-blowing SJ Model and the flawless new OM from Lame Horse to name a few. Probably the most intense four days of the year but an absolute blast in every way. We hope you enjoy our interviews and the TNAG report from the 2019 Winter NAMM Show.
Santa Cruz Guitar Co.
Ben talks to Richard Hoover about Santa Cruz's NAMM instruments, including the Ghost model, one of which we currently have one in build.
See our current range of Santa Cruz guitars here.
Michael Spalt presents his Boutique Guitar Showcase installation, The Happy Prince:
See our current range of Spalt guitars here.
Dana Bourgeois chats through the special NAMM edition models that Bourgeois built for the show, of which two will be heading to TNAG shortly!
See our current range of Bourgeois guitars here.
Maestro Guitars are a new arrival here at TNAG, and Ben chats to founder and head luthier Hozen about the history of Maestro and the company's different guitar series.
See our current range of Maestro guitars here.
It's always a pleasure to catch up with Scott Walker. Master luthier Scott gave his NAMM table a Sinker Redwood theme, showcasing a number of his models in this gorgeous tonewood:
See our current range of Scott Walker guitars here.
Lame Horse Instruments
Jeremy Jenkins was on top form at the Lame Horse table to show Ben Montague the luthier duo's new OM model, along with their other models:
See our current range of Lame Horse guitars here.
This was our first NAMM show since we welcomed Nik Huber to our roster of luthiers, and it was great to get to know Nik a little better as we bring more of his guitars in this year, including the Rietbergen Adam Miller Signature.
See our current range of Nik Huber guitars here.
It was incredible to bump into one of the luthiers of the moment, Mr Ryan Gerber. We have seen Ryan's popularity grow immensely since we welcomed him to our roster last year, and we have a new RL15+ model that's just arrived here at the showroom.
See our current range of Gerber guitars here.
Rick Turner Guitars
2019 marks 40 years since Rick Turner delivered Model 1 serial number #003 to Lindsey Buckingham, and to celebrate Rick and his team are building 18 limited edition replicas of this guitar, signed by Lindsey himself, of which we have four arriving later in 2019!
See our current range of Rick Turner guitars here.
Stay tuned for the second part of our NAMM report next week!