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Summer NAMM 2017: Watch Boss Demo Its New DR-01S Rhythm Partner

At Summer NAMM 2017, Boss introduced its new Rhythm Partner, the DR-01S, a virtual percussion machine designed for acoustic musicians. It comes equipped with organic percussion sounds, including acoustic drum, congas, cowbells, tambourines, shakers, standard metronome, and bongos, as well as other simple, versatile grooves, plus a footswitch, and the ability to layer patterns from…

Levy’s Leathers Introduces New Guitar Straps at Summer NAMM 2017: Video

At Summer NAMM 2017, Levy’s Leathers introduced its new guitar straps, which included sublimation printed guitar straps with picturesque designs and garment leather ends; distressed flag straps (American, Japanese, Canadian, and British); cotton straps (for heavier weight guitars); metal mesh straps (“to make you look tough”); and multiple leather straps with suede…

Epiphone Introduces New Masterbilt Series Guitars and Pro-1 Collection at Summer NAMM 2017: Video

At Summer NAMM 2017, Epiphone introduced some of its new acoustic guitar models, including the AJ-210CE, a dreadnought guitar featuring a select spruce top with classic cutaway, Shadow Performer Tuner Preamp and NanoFlex under saddle pickup system; the AJ-45 ME, a Masterbilt Series Advanced Jumbo with solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides; the…

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Summer NAMM 2017: Watch Takamine Explain the Thinking Behind Its New Dreadnoughts and Thermal Top Technology

At Summer NAMM 2017, Takamine introduced some of its new guitars, including the CP6SSDC, a slope-shoulder dreadnought cutaway with a deep cherry sunburst finish; the CP5D OAD Limited Edition, a dreadnought with an Adirondack spruce top and ovangkol back and sides; the EF360SC TT, a cutaway dreadnought that incorporates Takamine’s Thermal Top technology on…

Summer NAMM 2017: BAM Demos New OM, Grand Concert, and 000 Cases

At Summer NAMM 2017, the French company BAM released some of its new cases, including three new models for acoustic guitar — OM, Grand Concert, and 000 sizes. Cases come with injected foam cushions on the inside, which give the guitar added suspension, and a removable accessory pouch. The outside is a tripleply structure made of…

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Summer NAMM 2017: Watch TKL Show Off Its New Cases

At Summer NAMM 2017, TKL released some of its new cases, (all handmade in Virginia) one of which was a Concept Dreadnought Case, a lightweight, durable hardshell that comes in a multitude of sizes (Double 0, Triple 0, Small Jumbo, and Jumbo were all mentioned) and colors (black, white, gold, slate blue, and silver). Also demoed was a…

Eastman Introduces New ThermoCured Flattops and Talks Custom Edition Series at Summer NAMM 2017: Video

At Summer NAMM 2017, Eastman introduced some of its new guitars, including a few ThermoCured flattops, a new variation on Eastman’s E20D and and E20 OM models. Eastman is working with a new pickguard manufacturer, so the guitars demoed feature new, more authentic-looking pickguards. Also introduced was Eastman’s Custom Edition, a new series of USA-modified instruments. Featured…

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Summer NAMM 2017: Composite Acoustics Shows Off New Finishes

At the 2017 Summer NAMM show, Composite Acoustics, the maker of rugged carbon fiber guitars, displayed some of the results of its recent finishing updates. Instead of the standard gloss, each Composite Acoustics guitar now has a satin-finished back, which is both more durable and easier to maintain. The company’s red and blue finishes…

Summer NAMM 2017: Faith Guitars and Genzler Amplifiers

At the 2017 Summer NAMM show, in Nashville, Connolly Music Company introduced the new Faith Naked Series dreadnought, a minimally appointed, oil-finished workhorse with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. At $599, this instrument offers a great value for an all-solid-wood guitar. Connolly also showcased a new amplifier, the Genzler Acoustic…

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