I've seen Zemaitis guitars before but I never knew much about them. I must say that the engraving on them is simply stunning! They have such an elegant and classy look that few guitars can match. The new guitars must be seen and held to be appreciated. Eric Clapton recently sold his 12-string Zemaitis for $235,000!
Ed Roman Guitars is really a superstore for guitarists. They carry just about every brand but they're known for carrying some oddball, rare and bizarre stuff like the bass pictured here. If you're bored by the "normal-looking" guitars and really want to stand out, pay a visit to Ed's store in Las Vegas. You won't be disappointed.
The amp above sure doesn't look like a bass amp but it is! The Phil Jones Bass Briefcase is the first truly portable bass amp I've seen. How portable is it? The Briefcase is only 6.5" x 14.5" x 15.75" and weighs in at a mere 28lbs! Another amazing thing is that it also runs on battery power. The Briefcase has a built-in compressor/limiter, 5-band EQ, 2 x 5" drivers and has 100 watts of power. I was amazed at this little amp and was totally wanting one!
RKS Gutiars are sure designed to be head turners! The signature look of the wings on the side of the guitar stand out but may alienate some purists but most will love the exotic looks and innovations. RKS claims that the guitar resonates more due to its design. Also, the way the knobs are made and positioned makes them more functional and tactile.
The models on display that I tried all played well, had good action and looked stunning. Ravi K. Sawhney (pictured here with the Nirvana and the RKS in RKS Guitars) might just make RKS a household name, in guitarist's households anyway.
Every year there are a ton of touch-style instruments introduced and the Koyabu Symmetric Board was one of the nicer ones out there. Yoshitaka Koyabu has designed an instrument with a ton of possibilities. The Symmetric Board has a 30" scale length and can be used with standard guitar and bass strings so players can create their own custon gauge sets. You can also get an optional guitar synth pickup for additional sounds.
Click through to watch a video of the Koyabu Symmetric Board in action
Have you ever walked too far onstage and yanked your guitar cord out of your amp or effects? Has anyone ever tripped over your guitar cable and pulled your guitar off its stand? Jodavi has made a solution to these problems with their Snap Jack guitar cable. If you yank too hard, the cord will pop off of the jack silently. This will definitely save your guitar but I wonder if the magnet might not be strong enough that it might get knocked off when you don't want it to. Diane assured me and others at the booth that they were going to move to slightly stronger magnets soon. This is an interesting invention and it worked exactly as advertised. I was surprised that there wasn't any loud popping when attaching or detaching the cable from the ends. I'll be looking for this product to be appearing in stores soon.
I'm a huge fan of Digitech's old rack mount units and I still use the Digitech 2112. I've been wondering why they ditched the rack format for the pedals so I was psyched to see the new Digitech GSP1101 rack unit! Unfortunately, they didn't have a working demo, only this shell mockup on display.
So what's so special about the GSP1101? It uses 2 of their new AudioDNA processors for extra processing power! It also can act as a USB audio interface so you can now record direct into your computer workstation.
Here's a list of features for the Digitech GSP1101:
- Intuitive user interface with dedicated amp controls and LCD display
- Over 120 amp, cabinet, preamp and effects models including vintage stompboxes and pickup modeling
- Stereo effects loop
- 40 Tone and 40 Effect Chain Libraries — 1600 exclusive DigiTech® combinations
- Global EQ
- Balanced stereo XLR and ¼" outputs
- Chromatic tuner
- USB with audio streaming + Editor/Librarian software included
- MIDI In / Thru
- Internal power supply
- Front panel guitar input and headphone output
- Footswitch and expression inputs
The only things I wished they'd have on this thing is an input level knob like on the older models and a tube preamp. I'll be very excited to check out the new GSP1101 when it comes out!
I spotted Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire and Tony Franklin of the Firm at the Fender booth. As much attention as Verdine was getting, I would've rather have heard Tony demo some stuff. He's an awesome fretless bass player. If he wasn't busy at the time, I would've liked to have met and talked to him. Click here to read Tony tell the story about when he meant Jaco.
Bill Clements is an inspiration to everyone. Not just in his playing, which blends jazz/fusion with a pulsing sequencer-like beat but the fact that he lost his hand and forearm in an industrial accident and bounced back, playing a gig just three months later. I shot the video (after the jump) at the Fender room at NAMM. Bill was just kicking back and jamming. Listen for him to play a little Earth Wind & Fire lick at the end. He started to play that when Verdine White walked into the room.
Click through to watch the video of Bill Clements playing
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