Summer NAMM had a lot to offer this year. We would like to take a moment to share our favorite picks:
Peterson Strobe Clip HD Tuner
This versatile headstock tuner offers the accuracy of the full-sized Peterson strobe tuners in a compact package. High definition display, wide viewing design, adjustable HZ calibration, over 50 preset tunings, as well as drop tuning and capo settings. This tuner works great on my bass in drop D and detuned tunings, both of which have given me problems with many other headstock tuners. See the Strobe Clip HD and full line of products at petersontuners.com.
Scott VanFossen is the genius behind Bullhead Amplification. These high-quality amplifiers perform at all levels. All tube circuitry, hand tested components with high tolerances, and attention to detail due to low build volumes. My favorite is the Scorpio, designed for guitarist JC Clifford. Offered in 20w or 40w, the Scorpio delivers smooth clean tones and thick, searing rhythm and lead tones. Scott is also able to custom build the perfect amplifier for your needs. Info on the Scorpio and other Bullhead products can be found at bullheadamplification.com
Terry, Chad and Rick were able to show off their amazing line of drum sets. For new and beginner players, there is the Alpha Drum Set. It comes with everything needed to set up and play. Drums, hardware, cymbals, and 6 pair of sticks in a stickbag are included. The shells are made of Birch/ Basswood and there are three different finishes available: Midnight Blue, Black, and Sparkle Red.
For all you gigging and touring drummers, there are the Chameleon and Sublime Drum Sets. Superior build details like 45 degree bearing edges for maximum tone, hand sanded and waxed edges for proper seating, and finishes ranging from acrylic to sparkle to high gloss lacquer will meet all of your stage and studio demands. Check the Crush line of drum sets at crushdrum.com.
KBrakes are grips that will keep your drums and stands from sliding, creeping and moving forward as you play. Founder and drummer Wes Keely has solved this problem that drummers have been fighting for years. Kbrakes are available for your drums and hardware stands, will fit any make and the grips come in a variety of colors. Learn more about Kbrakes at kbrakes.com.
We were also lucky enough to see some great music while we were there.
One of the highlights was Tristan McIntosh at the Epiphone Guitar party at the Hard Rock. Tristan was a former contestant on American idol and was the highlight of the night. Her band rocked and her vocals were unbelievable, reminding me of ‘70s Linda Ronstadt. I really look forward to hearing more from her.
We also got to see Greg Mangus and Kenny Olson at Soulshine. Greg can sing AC/DC with ease throwing in some Rob Halford screams to keep you on your toes. Kenny’s guitar playing killed and made for a great night of classic rock n roll, bringing our time in Nashville to a perfect close.
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