Magazine article Guitar Player

Winter NAMM 2003. (Industry Insider)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Winter NAMM 2003. (Industry Insider)

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You know the score--the twice-yearly NAMM show is one of the biggest candy stores a musician could ever wish for. This year s Winter meeting--held January 16-19 at the Anaheim, California, convention center (next to Disneyland)--was a massive pageant of booths upon booths full of sparkling guitars, cool amps, psycho signal processors, gleaming strings, flashy straps, high-tech recording hardware and software, and just about everything you need to make noise and look smashing. Guitar Player will publish its report on 2003's grooviest gear in the upcoming May issue, but, until then, here's a sneak peak at some NAMM goodies.

Dean B. Zelinsky with the Dean Collector's Edition HardTail. The first 150 of these $3,800 beauties--which feature a master-grade maple top, champagne-pearl satin hardware, sterling silver inlays, and the original Dean V neck with a rounded over binding--will be signed and numbered by Zelinsky. The price includes a commemorative leather jacket.

The Vox Brian May Special ($199) is a replica of the mini-amp that May used to record several classic Queen tracks. The 10-watter includes the Brian May treble booster, a 6.5" speaker, and a recording output.

DigiTech's John Hanson (left) and Jim Pennock show off their latest techno marvel, the USB-equipped RPx400 floor processor ($374).

Multiple stacks of the new Zoom Fire Series amps, which include the Fire-15 ($169 street) and the Fire-30 ($269 street).

GP assistant editor Jude Gold checks out Carvin's Contour 66. …

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