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  • NAMM 09: Charvel Builds Custom Guitars Live

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    Charvel set up a full workbench in their booth this year and actually built some custom guitars from start to finish live and without commercial interruption. They all wore oil finishes, since it would be impossible to spray paint in their NAMM booth. There was one in particular we really dug, and are bringing it home. It had a real rosewood neck and a birdseye fingerboard:


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  • NAMM 09: Martin Booth

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    Everybody was tripping out over the Psychedelic Custom in the Martin booth, even Chris Martin:


    This one-of-a-kind will surely end up in the Martin Museum.


    The Music Zoo’s owner, Tommy Colletti, was checking out the new Limited Edition 000-28M Eric Clapton:


    We were also digging the new 00-42 Linda Ronstadt:

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  • NAMM 09: Duesenberg Booth

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    Duesenberg is making their first amplifier, the “Doozy! One”. We sat down and played it through their new pedals and, well, drew a bit of a crowd. It had great low-end and mid-range detail, and a really nice crunch without sounding harsh. There were some new guitar models and prototypes on display:


    The Duesenberg guys invited us down to their annual NAMM party Saturday night, just down the...

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  • NAMM 09: Hofner Booth

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    We love all the Hofner guitars and basses, but we came down to their booth this year to check out just one thing; the upcoming ’58 Violin Bass.


    From what we hear, this run is limited to only 58 pieces, and each will be made by the same luthier who built Paul McCartney’s original ’58 Hofner. Then he will retire. Here’s the beautiful flat back:

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  • NAMM 09: Zemaitis Booth

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    Two things worth noting at the Zemaitis Booth; first, a neat new line of Zemaitis guitars with carved tops:

    And two, all Zemaitis guitars will enjoy a list price decrease (yes, decrease) in 2009. The guitars will remain exactly the same, just more affordable.

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  • NAMM 09: Trillium Amplifiers

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    We stopped by Trillium Amplifiers to say hello, and we found a surprising new look for their ultra high-end amps. These are called the Custom Series:


    According to the Trillium guys, some people were too afraid to gig with the original Trillium amps (which look like they belong in the Smithsonian) so they built these. They are all made with solid, dovetailed cabinetry, two-tone painted finishes,...

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