This week in Anaheim, California, the musical products industry will gather at the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show. Practically every major and minor player in the industry will be represented, with many companies unveiling new 2011 products at the show. Stay tuned this week for updates from the show. Here’s a look at some of the products that are expected to be unveiled.
Fender Musical Instrument Corp (FMIC) always has a robust showing on the third floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. This year they will release a ’53 Telecaster and ’58 Stratocaster from their revered Custom Shop. Leading the charge from the electric shop will be the 60th Anniversary Telecaster (pictured above), as well as several new Road Worn electrics. Fender Amplification has three updates to their G-DEC series amps (which won a Best of 2010 in our gear awards), with amp modeling focusing on Country, Metal, and Blues tones. Fender Acoustics will also release a host of new acoustic guitars.
Korg USA, the popular keyboard manufacturer, will be announcing a “game-changing” product tonight at their special press event. They’ve kept it pretty well under wraps so one can only speculate what the product might be.
C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil the 1.5 millionth Martin guitar, and has also recently announced the hire of the former head of marketing for Sean Combs Enterprises and a new Martin Tumblr blog. Both are exciting news for the 175-year-old guitar company.
Seymour Duncan, the Santa Barbara, California-based pickup and amplification specialists have also teased with the news of a game-changing product. We’ll know more on Friday at their press conference.
Tanglewood Guitar Company UK, which got a nod in our Best Gear of 2010 list, announces the launch of a new Sundance Historic Series of acoustic guitars, inspired by 1940’s-style solid-top guitars.
In addition to unveiling countless new products, Taylor Guitars has planned a weekend of performances by big-name artists like Plain White T’s, Barenaked Ladies, Night Ranger, and Coheed and Cambria.
Marshall Headphones, inspired by 50 years of iconic amp building, will release the The Minor headphones, a smaller, in-ear cousin to the Marshall Major released earlier this year.
Stay tuned for more news from Anaheim.