Nice NAMM Things

This doesn’t qualify as any kind of NAMM report. I was imprisoned behind the desk at my Gore Pedals booth, relieved only for bathroom breaks and a couple of visits with old friends. Even so, I saw some lovely and inspiring things, especially the visionary instruments at the Boutique Guitar Showcase and the ravishing stompbox visuals from Greece’s JAM Pedals. (JAM pedals sound great too.) Plus a few old friends dropped by. It was so fun, I went minutes at a time without thinking about the inauguration.

Jannis Anastasakis of JAM Pedals was kind enough to loan me one of the eye-popping pedalboards from his display (the last image in the slideshow). I’ll be posting a demo here soon!

8 comments to Nice NAMM Things

  • Ian Gray

    Those pancake thin bodies make the neck look yuge (did I spell the right?)

  • For some reason the slideshow does’t work for me (tried Safari and Firefox on Mac) 🙁

  • Gil SY

    same problem… No slideshow available….

  • Jeff

    Slideshow doesn’t work for me either. I’ll chack back later, looks like there’s some cool stuff in there

  • J

    Slideshow does not work for me either – Windows 7 w/ Chrome Firefox and IE 11 🙁

  • joe

    Sorry, folks! My old slideshow plugin stopped working. But the new one seems to be functioning okay now.

  • ray

    Someday I would like to get in to the NAMM show – I imagine it would be fun for awhile and then get steadily more exhausting and oppressive but it seems like something every gearhead (even a shy and retiring one such as myself) should have the chance to do at last once.

    I just went through some old Guitar Player mags and confirmed my suspicion that it was a review you wrote that got me into experimenting with some of my own ideas when building pedals. I had made several clones of the Crest Audio Fuzz Face that I got as my first pedal. When reading a review you wrote on the Lovetone Big Cheese I was interested by the bit about how the Whey control progressively destroyed the sound as it was turned up. I decided to see if I could get a Fuzz Face to do something that cheaply. A few days, some switches and pots and diodes and I had a pretty usable “broken fuzz” mode working! I even made and sold a couple to some like minded fuzz fiends.

    • joe

      Thanks, Ray! Yes, that was one of the things that got me started on building as well, and my first “original” design was something very similar to what you describe. (Usually starving the voltage to the transistor collectors does the trick).

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