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  • NAMM 09: ESP Guitars Booth

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    By far the coolest thing (in our humble opinion) in the whole ESP Guitars booth was the new limited edition James Hetfield Iron Cross model:


    Only 40 of these are being made in full ESP trim, and The Music Zoo will definitely have one or two. It’s inspired by the ’73 Les Paul James used to play.


    The Music Zoo also put in orders for the new Kirk Hammett “Ouija Board” guitars:


    There were 3...

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  • NAMM 09: Paul Reed Smith Booth

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    PRS dropped a few bombshells recently. First, they are making acoustic guitars now:


    And, while they were at it, they decided to roll out a whole line of amps as well:


    To us, the best news was the new Sunburst Series. It’s comprised of the Sunburst McCarty, Smokeburst McCarty, and Sunburst SC245, they have the new 57/08 pickup (which is supposedly dead-on the PAF vibe), and (finally!)...

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  • NAMM 09: Dean Booth

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    Dean Guitars were up to their usual hijinks: Dean Girls, celebrities, and more Dean Girls. Heavy Metal God Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) was on hand signing autographs:


    Dean CEO Elliot Rubinson being interviewed by a highly trained team of future Pulitzer-prize winning journalists:


    …which was lead by a woman you might recognize, VH1 Rock of Love’s Lacey Conner:


    And that wraps up Dean at NAMM ’09! Oh,...

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  • NAMM 09: Godin Booth

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    We have been becoming more heavily involved with Canada-based Godin guitars in the last few years, and were very pleased to get a personal tour of their new products by none other than Robert Godin. It was refreshing to speak with the owner of a company who really knows his products, and is clearly involved with all aspects of design and production. Here he is speaking with The Music Zoo’s Tim...

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  • NAMM 09: EVH Booth

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    The EVH display was all about two things: the all-new Wolfgang guitar, and huge stacks of EVH amplifiers. There were a bunch of Wolfgangs on display, in the 3 finishes of black, white, and sunburst:


    Of course, things got a lot more interesting once Eddie Van Halen himself showed up (with his wife Janie Liszewski):


    Ed was gracious enough to take pictures with each and every person in the room...

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  • NAMM 09: Charvel Booth

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    At the Charvel booth, we noticed these Grover Jackson Legacy San Dimas guitars, and thought, “there they are again.” But, wait, these are beat up! These “tourtured” (yes, “tour”-tured) Grover Jacksons are also fitted with Floyd Rose trems, and we thought they looked pretty cool:


    We love Dan Lawrence’s paintjobs. Here’s a killer Custom San Dimas, “Logo #3”:


    This Custom Green San Dimas is sporting...

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