Wilson Center Guitar Festival
Patrick Cherry of La Luna Sound which is based in Denver, Colorado was on hand at their booth at the 2014 NAMM Summer Show in Nashville, TN to explain their innovative process of manufacturing their exotic line of hardwood guitar picks. While some musicians like the warm, rich tone of a hardwood guitar pick, others don’t like the thickness of the wood pick. We’ve experienced hardwood guitar picks where the tip has broken off during play.
RedSonic introduced their new stackable, lightweight amplifiers at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, TN. In a press release issued prior to the show, Jonathan Redmond, the inventor/owner of RedSonic Sound talked about his vision behind his new product. “It’s about time that any musician with a vision and a belief in themselves had something available to help them realize their dreams. It’s long overdue in a world where technology changes all the time but speaker cabinets for musicians haven’t changed much in 100 years.”
Schecter Guitar Research returned to Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville after a six year hiatus with some fun and entertaining activities like the GoPro interactive guitar experience, workshops with Jeff Loomis, and the debut of their USA Custom Shop and Diamond series guitars.
ChordBuddy LLC announced in mid-July the launch of their new “Duck Commander” edition of its latest product, ChordBuddy Jr, which is a new-half sized guitar designed for children ages 4 to 8 years old.
For the guitarist that is looking for a heavy duty, eye-catching guitar stand to protect their beloved axe, look no further than BadAzz Guitar Stands. We caught up with them at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, TN where they talked with us about their Rhapsody Stand.
Ultimate Ears (UE) had its debut at Summer NAMM 2014 with their complete line of ear monitors--their ever popular universal UE900s along with the custom-fit in-ear monitors (IEM). Their quality product caught the attention of many including Billy Cuthrell, owner of Progressive Music Center in Raleigh, North Carolina and a panelist at the Best in Show event, which is held on the last day of NAMM. The panelists searched the showroom floor for several days looking for new and innovative products. Billy chose the UE900s as his choice for “Best in Show” and said, “They’ve got these great UE 900s. They come in really nice packaging and it’s basically set-up for the retail store, there’s no audiologist involved. You open up the box, and inside they give you every sizing option you could want. Ultimate Ears has figured out a gateway headphone that would lead your customer into doing custom in-ear monitors.” 
After a five year hiatus from Summer NAMM in Nashville, Orange Amps returns to the music city to showcase their new Orange Guitar Packs as well as some of their amps from the Dual Dark and Crush Pro series that became available in the US within the last six months. Derek Carvotta told us, “It was the first time in five years that we have exhibited at the Summer show, and I would say it was a success!” 
Summer NAMM in Nashville…what a weekend!  Beginning on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014 and ending on Saturday, July 19, 2014, The City of Nashville proudly welcomed the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and all of its industry brethren to its new and beautiful Music City Center with 350,000 square feet of exhibit space…and while I’m not sure how much of that space was swallowed up by our industry’s music exhibitors, it sure seemed like a big chunk was taken by our awesome manufacturers and industry lovers alike. Here’s a quote from an up-and-coming female singer/songwriter, Jenna Paone, when asked about her favorite part of NAMM: ”This is my first NAMM and I love the diversity of the people who come together here and just love music, all kinds of music and all genres…it is so electric!” 
At the largest summer show in six years, NAMM members lay groundwork for success  
Transitioning From Fingerpicking To Strumming Just Got Easier