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Winter NAMM Show 2020 Review: Part 4


In this final instalment of our Winter NAMM Show review, we look at the fantastic new releases in the world of amplifiers and effects alongside talks with some of our favourite luthiers across the show. From old friends to brand new relationships we were left with and whole host of things to get excited about in the coming year!

We had a tremendous experience out at the show, from invaluable time spent with our luthiers and builders through to chance meetings, explosive moments of musicality and of course some of the finest instruments, amplifiers and effects in the world.

Hamstead Soundworks


This years was the first ever NAMM Show for one of our newest additions to the TNAG roster, Uk based boutique Amplifier and Effects masterminds Hamstead Soundworks, and it was a huge success!

With appearances and visits from the likes of Josh Smith, Justin Sandercoe and Graham Coxon among other industry legends, as well as an unforgettable moment involving a violin, an overdrive and a wealth of talent just prior to our interview, Winter NAMM saw some wonderful sounds emanating from the Hamstead booth and a great reception of the all new Zenith Amplitude Controller joining the impressive ranks of their lineup moving into the new year.

In this interview, our good friend Tim Steer walks us through this versatile new release and the range of innovative amplifiers that just landed in our Nashville showroom.

Henriksen


In keeping with the tradition of new releases for the NAMM Show, Henriksen have introduced a set of very exciting new additions to their range to kick off the year, as well as a refined layout of their existing amplifiers that we know and love.

We had the chance to talk through all things new with Peter Henriksen at their wonderful social hub of a booth, and after becoming aquatinted with the soon-to-be-released compact versions of the Bud and Forte models were audience to a stellar demonstration in the hands of the one and only Adam Miller, in conjunction with an gorgeous instrument from Isaac Jang.

Leo Buendia

We've had the absolute joy of seeing some truly stunning builds from master luthier Leo Buendia lately, most recently a very special Bespoke Classical Build that caused many a jaw to hit the floor.

In our time at the show, we talked through this beautiful instrument, as well as Leo's inspiring ethos as a luthier and the pair of exquisite Steel String Acoustics he had on display in his lovely corner of The Boutique Guitar Showcase.

One of these fine instruments was a sensational Modified Dreadnaught in German Spruce and African Blackwood, the other Leo's first ever personal build in a magnificent set of sunbursted Figured Koa for the back and sides with an Adirondack Top!


James Trussart Custom Guitars


As one of the most iconic electric guitars builders of the last 30 years James Trussart is a true industry legend, having well and truly changed the game with his introduction of the Steelcaster in the 1980s, and subsequently finding his instruments in the hands of a seemingly endless list of guitar heroes and music icons since.

For this years show, James brought out a huge arsenal of instruments for his impressive booth, and in our time sat with James we talked over the ethos and ideas behind his instantly recognisable style and feel, as well as all things musical and new in his world.

Wide Sky


A great guitar with a great story is a truly magical combination, and Patch Rubin of Wide Sky Guitars has both in spades.

During our time at the Wide Sky booth, situated in the corner of The Boutique Guitar Showcase, Patch introduces us to his stunning models and gives us the backstory and trajectory of the guitars, with each having found their way into the hands of legendary players across a range of styles.

Having just received our very first P125 in our Nashville showroom, it's a real pleasure to have Wide Sky Guitars onboard and we cannot wait to share more of these sensational instruments with you!

 

For more information on any of the builders 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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