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Winter NAMM Show 2020 Review: Part 3

In the penultimate instalment of our look back on this year's Winter NAMM Show, we catch up on more of the wonderful moments and gorgeous instruments that could only ever simultaneously occur in one place, with evermore hugely enjoyable time spent with our friends and luthiers at The Boutique Guitar Showcase, and a handful of ventures out into the grand cacophony of noise further afield on the show floor.

From more exquisite acoustics and exciting new models in the electric world from some of our favourite builders, there was a lot to delve into over the course of our visit, and we loved every second of it!

 

Pellerin

 

One big surprise of the show was in Grit Laskin unfortunately being unable to attend, having built some truly stunning guitars to display. Very kindly, he opened up his booth to our very own Michelle Pellerin, who had on display two of his latest breathtaking builds alongside Grits fantastic book.

We talked through these two magnificent instruments as well as the new custom options available for Pellerin Guitars, and we thrilled and proud to see both of these instruments sell at the show!

 

Lame horse

 

Time spent with the enigmatic Texan father/son duo that make up Lame Horse instruments is always time well spent and in good company.

joining them at the show was a pair of very impressive instruments in an extraordinarily intricate OM and fresh take on the six string banjo. In this interview Chris and Jeremy walk us through the ins and outs of both innovative builds and what to expect in the year to come.

Bourgeois

 

We already knew 2020 was set to be a groundbreaking year for Dana and his team, pending the heavily anticipated new collaboration with Eastman guitars. However this prospect has changed little about the the legendary brand we know and love, with a booth packed full of vibrant and sensational custom builds alongside some new additions to multiple lines.

 

James took the time to introduce us to the full lineup and talk all things bourgeois, from custom orders through to old favourites and of course all of the exciting new ventures the coming year will undoubtedly bring!

Kauer

We've been thoroughly impressed and smitten with the superb instruments of Doug Kauer, and the handful we've had pass through our showroom have been a real joy both visually and in playing, but his booth at the show highlighted a wonderfully eccentric side to his builds from a pair of reclaimed Pine Superchiefs through to an unmissable double neck! 

With new collaborations and some very special limited instruments, there was plenty to talk about going through the ranks of Doug's impressive display, and a great time to be had in doing so.  

Isaac Jang

Always a high point of the show, time spent with Isaac Jang has an infectiously exciting quality and even more so when spent in the company of his beautiful instruments.

This year, Isaac brought a pair of jaw-dropping OMs, both in stunning sets of Cocobolo and showcasing a fantastic array of subtle variations on the style and lovely custom options. We also had a chance to see one of these remarkable OMs in the hands of good friend and session pro Adam Miller over at the Henriksen booth to top it all off!

TV Jones

One huge joy of the NAMM show is to find oneself so consistently in the company of industry icons, and TV Jones is precisely that. Synonymous with hollow bodied electrics and bigsby vibratos, TVs pickups have seen themselves in countless guitars for a diverse range of players and all for good reason, but alongside this magnificent assortment, his own guitars are something we take no small amount of pride in representing.

At the show we took our first look at the new Spectrasonic Baritone model, of which we have two incoming, and what the year holds in store for us both.

For more information on any of the Luthiers or instruments in question, please don't hesitate to get in touch by phone on +44 (0) 207 835 5597 or via email at hello@thenorthamericanguitar.com.

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