NAMM 2010: Artist appearance schedules

The NAMM artist appearance schedules are starting to flood in. It’s kinda hard to keep track of all this stuff and I’ll try to filter out the non-guitarry ones. Each time I add to the list I’ll highlight the latest additions. If you have someone to add to the list, email me!

NEWLY ADDED: Ronnie North

Thursday January 14

Ronny North
Floyd Rose Trems (Booth 4877 Hall C)
Essential Sound Products (Hall B booth 5698)

From the NAMM site:

Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Booth #4822
Todd Johnson, recognized as a pioneer of six-string electric bass, will appear at 1 p.m. Norm Stockton, author of Grooving for Heaven instructional bass DVDs, will appear at 2 p.m. Andy Aledort, senior editor for Guitar World magazine and featured in Guitar World instructional DVDs, will appear at 3 p.m. Curt Bisquera’s Trio, well-known studio drummer and DW artist featured on Drumchannel.com, will appear at 4 p.m.

The Martin Guitar Co.
Booth #5454
Product demos by Craig Thatcher at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., autograph signings at noon by Suite Caroline; 12:30 p.m. Marcy Marxer; 2 p.m. Julian Paul; 2:30 p.m. Michael Ramirez; 3:30 p.m. Jorma Kaukonen; 4 p.m. Jim Earp.

Daisy Rock Guitars
Booth #4818
Nikki O’Neill will appear from 11 a.m. to noon. Julia Jordan will appear from noon to 1 p.m.

Sony Creative Software
Booth #6210.
Rudy Sarzo, professional recording and performing artist, and Jason Gleed, award-winning songwriter and producer. See schedule at Booth #6210.

Dean Markley Strings
Booth #5710
George Lynch, Dick and Jimmy Dale, Jerry Only (The Misfits), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot), Nick Catanese (BLS), Craig Chaquico, Nuno Bettencourt, Ace Frehley, Atreyu, TM Stevens, Souldogs featuring Bobby Carradine and Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Suicidal Tendencies, Nikki Sixx, Blasko (Ozzy), Raphael Moreira, Korn and many more!

Lectrosonics, Inc.
Booth #6698
Ricky Phillips (Styx) will sign at 2 p.m. and Johnny Hiland will appear at 4 p.m.

Civilized World, Inc.
Booth #5004
GIT recording artist Lindsey Boullt, jazz bassist Wojtek Pilichowski, and jazz recording artist Ron Veliz will appear at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Q Lighting
Booth #5899
Matt “Mojo” Tedder, 14-year-old blues guitar whiz from Texas, and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. See schedule at Q Lighting/Burriss Amps

Strictly 7 Guitars
Booth #2999
Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah; ex-Nevermore, Annihilator) will appear from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
3:00 pm

Friday January 15

Ibanez
11-12pm Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Muhammed Suicmez (Necrophagist), Matt Snell (Five Finger Death Punch)
12-12:30pm Oli Herbert, Jeanne Sagan (All That Remains)
3-4pm Munky, Fieldy (Korn)
4-5pm Herman Li, Sam Totman (DragonForce)

Devin Townsend
EMG booth: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Peavey booth: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alvarez booth: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (40-minute solo acoustic set)

Ronny North
Floyd Rose Trems (Booth 4877 Hall C)
Essential Sound Products (Hall B booth 5698)
He will also be performing with his band on the NAMM stage in the Hilton’s Avalon Ball Room on Jan 15th at 7:30pm. Free admission and no NAMM pass required.

From the NAMM site:

The Martin Guitar Co.
Booth #5454
Product demos by Booth #5454 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Autographs signing at noon by Booth #5454; 12:30 p.m. Booth #5454; 1:30 p.m Booth #5454; 2 p.m. Booth #5454 and Booth #5454; 2:30 p.m. Booth #5454; 4 p.m. Booth #5454 and 5 p.m. Booth #5454

Dean Markley Strings
Booth #5710
Chris Jericho (WWE wrestling superstar), Rich Ward (Fozzy), George Lynch, Dick and Jimmy Dale, Jerry Only (The Misfits), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot), Nick Catanese (BLS), Craig Chaquico, Nuno Bettencourt, Ace Frehley, Atreyu, TM Stevens, Souldogs featuring Bobby Carradine and Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Suicidal Tendencies, Nikki Sixx, Blasko (Ozzy), Raphael Moreira, Korn and many more!

Shure, Inc.
Booth #6541
Jason Mraz will appear at 10 a.m. Sara Barailles will appear at 2 p.m.

Lectrosonics, Inc.
Booth #6698
Hotel California will appear at 11 a.m., Neal Schon will appear at 1 p.m., Stevie D. (Buckcherry) will sign at 2 p.m. and Johnny Hiland will appear at 4 p.m.

Q Lighting
Booth #5899
Buzz Campbell, Alligator recording artist (the Lee Rocker Band and Hot Rod Lincoln), Matt “Mojo” Tedder, 14-year-old blues guitar whiz from Texas, and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. See schedule at Q Lighting/Burriss Amps

Sony Creative Software
Booth #6210
Rudy Sarzo, professional recording and performing artist, and Jason Gleed, award-winning songwriter and producer. See schedule at Booth #6210.

Civilized World, Inc.
Booth #5004
GIT recording artist Lindsey Boullt, jazz bassist Wojtek Pilichowski, and jazz recording artist Ron Veliz will appear at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Booth #4822
Tim Emmons, author of Odd Meter Bass, will appear at 1 p.m. Andy Aledort, senior editor for Guitar World magazine and featured in Guitar World instructional DVDs, will appear at 2 p.m. Brendon Small, co-creator, writer, composer and shredder behind Dethklok, the extreme death metal band chronicled in Adult Swim’s animated series Metalocalypse, will appear at 3 p.m.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Strictly 7 Guitars
Booth #2999
Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah; ex-Nevermore, Annihilator) will appear from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Brazen Guitars
Booth #3297
Caleb Quaye and Olaf Thorsen will appear from 1–5 p.m.

Saturday January 16

Ronny North
Floyd Rose Trems (Booth 4877 Hall C)
Essential Sound Products (Hall B booth 5698)

Ibanez
12-1:30pm Joe Satriani
2-3pm Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine
3-4:30pm Mick Thomson, Paul Gray (Slipknot)
4:30-5:30pm Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko (Shadows Fall)

Orange Amps
#4674 Hall C
Dead By Sunrise (Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck) – 1:00-1:45 PM
Sweethead (Troy Van Leewen(also of Queens of the Stone Age) and Eddie Nappi)- 3:-00-3:45

From the NAMM site:

Sony Creative Software
Booth #6210
Rudy Sarzo, professional recording and performing artist, and Jason Gleed, award-winning songwriter and producer. See schedule at Booth #6210.

Dean Markley Strings
Booth #5710
George Lynch, Dick and Jimmy Dale, Jerry Only (The Misfits), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot), Nick Catanese (BLS), Craig Chaquico, Nuno Bettencourt, Ace Frehley, Atreyu, TM Stevens, Souldogs featuring Bobby Carradine and Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Suicidal Tendencies, Nikki Sixx, Blasko (Ozzy), Raphael Moreira, Korn and many more!

Lectrosonics Inc.
Booth #6698
Hotel California will appear at 11 a.m.; Johnny Hiland will appear at 4 p.m.

Civilized World, Inc.
Booth #5004
GIT recording artist Lindsey Boullt, jazz bassist Wojtek Pilichowski, and jazz recording artist Ron Veliz will appear at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Q Lighting
Booth #5899
Matt “Mojo” Tedder, 14-year-old blues guitar whiz from Texas, and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. See schedule at Q Lighting/Burriss Amps

Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Booth #4822
Tim Emmons, author of Odd Meter Bass, will appear at 11 a.m. Brendon Small, co-creator, writer, composer and shredder behind Dethklok, the extreme death metal band chronicled in Adult Swim’s animated series Metalocalypse, will appear at noon. Jim Brickman, America’s romantic piano sensation and best-selling Alfred artist, will appear at 1 p.m.

Steve Clayton, Inc.
Booth #4590
Kyle Gass (Tenacious D) will appear in the morning and Playboy Playmate of the Year Ida Ljungvist will appear in the afternoon.

Yamaha Corporation of America
Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom 100
Yamaha drum artist autograph session at 11 a.m. and guitar artist autograph session at 1 p.m.

ISP Technologies LLC
Booth #5863
Ethan Brosh will appear at noon and 3 p.m.; Johnny Hiland will appear at 2 p.m.

St. Blues Guitar Workshop
Booth #3082
Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) will appear with the electric washboard at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Martin Guitar Co.
Booth #5454
Product demos by Craig Thatcher at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Autograph signings at noon by Kenny Sultan; 12:30 p.m. Justin Black; 2 p.m. Humanlab; 2:30 p.m. Mia Sable; 3:30 p.m. Alec Bridges; 4 p.m. Marianne Keith; 5 p.m. Laurence Juber.

Strictly 7 Guitars
Booth #2999
Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah; ex-Nevermore, Annihilator) will appear from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Brazen Guitars
Booth #3297
Caleb Quaye and Olaf Thorsen will appear from 1–5 p.m.
2:00 pm

Sunday January 17

Ronny North
Floyd Rose Trems (Booth 4877 Hall C)
Essential Sound Products (Hall B booth 5698)

Orange Amps
Monte ‘Monster’ Pittman (Madonna, Prong, Adam Lambert) 1:00-1:45

From the NAMM site:

Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Booth #4822
Carl Verheyen, author of Forward Motion DVD, will appear at 2 p.m. Melissa Cross, creator of the best-selling vocal instruction DVDs The Zen of Screaming, will appear at 4 p.m.

Dean Markley Strings
Booth #5710
George Lynch, Dick and Jimmy Dale, Jerry Only (The Misfits), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot), Nick Catanese (BLS), Craig Chaquico, Nuno Bettencourt, Ace Frehley, Atreyu, TM Stevens, Souldogs featuring Bobby Carradine and Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Suicidal Tendencies, Nikki Sixx, Blasko (Ozzy), Raphael Moreira, Korn and many more!

Civilized World, Inc.
Booth #5004
GIT recording artist Lindsey Boullt, jazz bassist Wojtek Pilichowski, and jazz recording artist Ron Veliz will appear at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sony Creative Software
Booth #6210
Rudy Sarzo, professional recording and performing artist, and Jason Gleed, award-winning songwriter and producer. See schedule at Booth #6210.

The Martin Guitar Co.
Booth #5454
Product demo by Fishman at 11 a.m. Autograph signings at 11:30 a.m. by Gold Coast Duet; 12:30 p.m. Walden Dahl and Kinfolk; 1 p.m. Scott Hallock; 2 p.m. Matt Jaworski; 2:30 p.m. Bobby Syvarth; 3 p.m. George Sabolick.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Strictly 7 Guitars
Booth #2999
Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah; ex-Nevermore, Annihilator), will appear from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daisy Rock Guitars
Booth #4818
Taylor George will appear from 11 a.m. – noon.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

LINK: NAMM.org

NEWS: Johnny Hiland leaves PRS for Ernie Ball Music Man

Sterling Ball of Ernie Ball Music Man has confirmed on the company’s official forum that Johnny Hiland has left PRS (where he had a signature model) and shacked up with EBMM. Hiland is rockin’ the EBMM Silhouette model.

Here’s the post from Sterling Ball:

OK in a case where rumor ends up knowing this before me….As of today Johnny Hiland has joined our family as a valued endorsee. Johnny is over the moon with the Silhouette and will be playing them for a long time we both hope.


As for the earlier threads it was funny in that I had zero contact with Johnny until the next day after those threads when Derek called me and said that Johnny was interested in joining us.


As for some of the below the belt comments…Johnny is not doing this for money he is doing this because he likes our guitars. He will be supporting our original guitar the Silhouette which makes me very very happy.


Johnny will be at the NAMM show and has agreed to play at the Casey Lee Ball Foundation annual bash allong with Steve Lukather and Joe Bonamassa.


WElcome to the family…cant wait for the jam sessions with our team…Luke Albert SteveMorse , Steve Lukather, John Petrucci, and Johnny Hiland….Like the Yankees!

REVIEW: MXR Fullbore Metal distortion pedal

Distortion’s a serious game, and there are a million ways to get it. Active pickups. Inbuilt preamps. Clean boosts feeding raging high-gain superstacks. Power amp. Preamp. Speaker. Pre-gain EQ. Post-gain EQ. Such mythical alchemy is rarely distilled into a single unit, so MXR has some nerve trying to cram all that distortion-generating mayhem into a little box the size of a sardine tin. So how does the MXR Fullbore Metal stack up?

SPEC CHECK

The first thing you will notice when you’re actually holding the Fullbore Metal is that it’s tiny. Somehow it looks bigger and much more imposing on the website, but when you actually step back and look at it, this little monster is the same size as the venerable-as-it-is-diminutive Phase 90. There are six knobs and two buttons all shoehorned into the same space where that singe rate control lives on a Phase 90. The pots are volume, frequency and gain along the top, then low, mid and high along the bottom. The two buttons kick in the noise gate and a midrange scoop (which cuts the mids while boosting the highs and bass – very intense), while the frequency knob alters the character of the midrange. Turn it up for higher mids, turn it down for lower ones, then use the mid control itself to control the amount of boost or cut. Easy. Whip off the back for battery access (with a screwdriver, unfortunately) and you’ll find a tiny gate trigger control adjustable by screwdriver. Use this to set the noise gate sensitivity. Happily, the gate seems to be ideally set for simple and functional noise reduction. If you have lower-output pickups you might want to reign it in a bit, or if you’re into the whole stop-start Dimebag thing you may like to clamp that sucker right down. Aside from the gate, the pedal features true hardwire bypass and has an all-analog signal path. None of this sneaking a big ‘ol DSP chip in there, oh no.

PEDAL, MEET METAL

MXR recommends turning the volume, gain and bass all the way down before turning on the Fullbore Metal, lest you surprise your amp with the demonic firestorm that lurketh within and wind up singeing all and sundry. Good advice too: this little beast has fatter bottom than a hippo convention. Even at the lowest gain settings the tone is thick and edgy – think Hetfield in the first 9 seconds of the title track to ‘St Anger’ (I know the drum sound sucked, just listen to the guitar tone on that track, okay?). You know, that kind of woody, dirty sound? No ‘just enough gain to add a bit of sparkle’ mojo going on here.

 

Increasing the gain further brought out all sorts of cool Rectifier and 5150-like metal tones, and I was able to scare up a few of my favourite Devin Townsend tones from SYL to Ziltoid. Continuing the Metallica theme I found some pretty passable ‘Black Album’ sounds waiting to tear my head off. Careful shaping of the midrange is the key here. Whether you need scooped death tones or thicker, middier hardcore sounds, they’re yours for the finding after a bit of tweaking. High mid settings bring out the vocal quality to shreddy lead work, while lower mids and highs bring out the chunk factor. In fact, for a good all-round multi purpose metal tone, just set everything to 4 and you can’t go far wrong.

By the way, Dethklok mastermind Brendan Small is a fan of the Fullbore Metal, and if it earns the approval of Skwisgaar Skwigelf you know it’s gots to be brutals.

HEAVY METAL THUNDER

The Fullbore Metal is not one of those ‘do everything’ distortion pedals. If you want musical overdrive, forget it. If you want subtlety, get outta here. If you want to add some jangle to your clean tone, you’ve got some nerve pokin’ round here, buddy. But if you need intense, full-bodied metal tones with that extra ‘oomph’ that you usually only get from inbuilt amp distortion, the Fullbore Metal is unmissable.

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Super special thanks to Dunlop Manufacturing for providing an MXR Fullbore Metal for review.

NAMM 2010: Fender G-DEC 3 with artist-created backing tracks

There’s a soft spot in my twisted black heart for the original Fender G-DEC. When I was teaching at World of Music I used one of these pretty regularly (unless one of the other teachers nicked it for their room when I wasn’t looking) and I wrote more than a few riffs while inspired by its tones. In fact, I have a song with a working title of ‘Hit the Dec’ which came about from recording a rhythm guitar loop over one of the G-Dec’s drum patterns.

Now the dear little G-DEC has grown up. Check out the G-DEC 3. Of special interest to me is the impressive list of players that have provided backing tracks. Eric Johnson, Phil Collen, Charlie and Frank from Anthrax, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Paisley, Hatebreed, Nils Lofgren, Joe from Fallout Boy, Rev. Horton Heat, Keith Urban… awesome. I can’t wait to try this one out at NAMM.

Fender Introduces New G-DEC® 3 Amp

Create, connect and configure with new generation of groundbreaking practice/recording amp, with presets and loops by top artists

Fender introduces the next step in the ongoing evolution of its acclaimed G-DEC (Guitar Digital Entertainment Center) amp series, the G-DEC 3. Available in 30-watt and 15-watt versions, the G-DEC 3 takes an exciting leap forward in technology and content, with easy computer connectivity and with many of its 100 presets and audio performance loops created by the world’s top artists and session aces.
The G-DEC 3’s wealth of backing tracks consist not of generic presets and loops, but rather a stylistically diverse sonic smorgasbord of tracks created specially for Fender by top rock, blues, metal and country artists and session players. These include Eric Johnson, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello (Anthrax), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Brad Paisley, Dweezil Zappa, Jim “Rev. Horton Heat” Heath, Keith Urban, Hatebreed, Nils Lofgren, Gary Hoey, Crooked X, Strung Out and many others.

Consequently, the G-DEC 3 can be easily configured as an “all rock,” “all metal,” “all blues,” “all country,” etc., amp personally tailored to the user’s own musical tastes.

The G-DEC 3 also includes the exclusive Fender FUSE™ software interface, which lets the amp connect to a computer as easily as a digital camera, without need for any special adaptors or hardware. Fender FUSE lets the user download and upload backing tracks, edit performance parameters and swap files with a worldwide community of players.

Other versatile G-DEC 3 features include:

· Digital amp and effects models that let the user create a personalized arsenal of guitar tones suited to every style of playing.
· Onboard mp3 and wav file storage and playback.

· Ableton® Live Lite 8 Fender Edition studio-quality recording and editing software.

· AmpliTube® Fender LE modeling software, which recreates classic Fender amp tones and delivers ultra-realistic speaker, mic and effects models.
· Multi-function SD card slot for unlimited storage of presets and audio content.
· Rugged Fender Special Design speaker (plus high-frequency tweeter on 30-watt model).

· Onboard phrase sampler with overdub and export functions.

· Onboard chromatic tuner.

LINK: http://www.fender.com/news/index.php?display_article=440