|The OM-ECHF Navy Blues guitar at its debut.|
It is always the blend of cutting-edge technology and time-honored craftsmanship of acoustic instruments that makes checking out NAMM pretty special. I couldn't take my eyes off the beautiful OM-ECHF Navy Blues Limited Edition guitar, the third in a series of collaborations between C.F. Martin & Co., Eric Clapton, and Hiroshi Fujiwara. With fewer than 200 of these guitars set to be made (and each signed by Clapton, Fujiwara, Dick Boak and C.F. Martin IV), it's easy to see why the suggested retail price is $6,999. Visit Martin Guitar's Web site at www.MartinGuitar.com.
|Dion Dublin playing The Dube.|
And of course NAMM wouldn't be complete without live performances by top players. Art Alexakis, lead singer of the alternative rock outfit Everclear, came in support of Los Angeles College of Music, where he was recently selected to be chair of songwriting department. He performed a powerful acoustic version of "Santa Monica" and stressed the importance of providing young people with the chance to perform and write music.
|Art Alexakis of Everclear performing "Santa Monica" at NAMM.|
"I want to inspire like I was inspired," Alexakis said.
He noted that while at NAMM he is working with several students from the school at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus which is parked in front of the Anaheim Convention Center throughout the NAMM Show. Click here to watch Alexakis perform "Santa Monica" courtesy of the NAMM site.
While at Media Preview Day, I also got a look at some amazing Deering Banjos that I hope to check out in more detail this weekend; I also spent a good amount of time at the IK Multimedia display where I got a look at some amazing gadgets and gizmos including the iRig Mic HD, the first handheld universal digital microphone for use by owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac/PC and Android devices. I also was treated to a demonstration of iRing, the first wearable, touch-less ring controller for music apps that was so impressive it needs to be seen to be believed. Whew!
For more information on all things NAMM, visit www.namm.org.