NAMM 2014 Headlines

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A Wrap Up of the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Well, the Namm show is over for this year and all in all, it was pretty good news for musicians. Some new and noteworthy products were announced, and some not so great as we forecasted here at G-M. What follows are the major headlines from the show. If you want to know more, check in at the websites of the manufacturers mentioned in the headline.


A small part of the NAMM show are the Technical, Excellence and Creativity Awards, recognizing achievements in audio technology and production. The 2014 award, named for one of modern music’s first and foremost innovators, Les Paul, was presented to (drum roll, please) Todd Rundgren. (Congrats, Todd!)


Godin Montreal PremierD’Angelico announced new EX-175, EX-SS, EX-59 and a surf green EX-DC Double Cutaway.

Godin announced four additions to the Montreal Premiere line.

Paul Reed Smith debuted the Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic and the SE Zach Myers signature model.

Fender released four new Strats to celebrate the Stratocaster’s 60th Anniversary.

Ovation announced new Celebrity Standard acoustic-electric models.

Eastman Guitars celebrates their 10th Anniversary with new acoustics, electrics and more.

Guild announced their new Newark St. Collection and Guitar Special Run (GSR) series.

Bohemian Guitars introduced their new premium six-string oil can guitars for 2014.

Michael Kelly Guitars debuted their new single cut 1950s Series with a new body shape.

B.C. Rich announced the Mockingbird Plus FR.

ESP released 20 new LTD models this year along with the Tombstone Case Company division of ESP Guitars.


Blackstar ID:CoreMarshall announced the Custom Shop Tattoo Series.

Hartke launched their new HD Series portable combo bass amps.

Blackstar Amplifiers debuts the ID:Core Series compact amps.

Peavey released the VYPYR Pro modeling amp.

Quilter Labs released the 4 pound, 200 watt ToneBlock 200 pedalboard amp.

Fargen announced the expansion of their Custom Shop Limited Edition amps with several new models.

PRS released the high-gain Archon amplifier.


Apogee launched the new JAM96k pro guitar interface for iOS.


DigiTech introduced the RP360 and RP360XP multi-effects pedals for guitar.

Dunlop unleashed their DVP1XL Volume pedal in a larger footprint aluminum chassis.

The MXR Custom Shop released the La Machine Fuzz.

Fuchs Audio announced 3 new Plush FX pedals: Blues Flame, Phone Tone and Double Plush.


Sampson released the Expedition XP1000 portable PA.

Allen & Heath announced the Qu-24 compact digital mixer with 30 inputs and 24 outputs.


Ultex Jazz III XL lightweight picks debuted.

Hal Leonard Publishing has published a new book by Chris Buono, “Guitarist’s Guide to Music Reading”.

On-Stage Stands released the GS7800 Mic Stand Guitar Hanger.

Obviously, these are only a fraction of the product announcements, upgrades and innovations that took place at this year’s show, and some of the products were announced well before NAMM to increase the hype before the show took place. I was surprised at the lack of new software, but… most of the good stuff was already out.

Doug Knight

Our “Man on the Street” reporter, with his “What’s New in Music Stores?” series, resides in Coos Bay, OR. You can find him on Friday nights at The Small Events Center at OrCoast Music in Coos Bay.

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