Today was the final day of the NAMM show. Held in Anaheim, CA, it is the music industry’s premier event for unveiling new products and showing off new ideas. Of course ‘ukulele items are not the center of attention, but from what I heard, there was a bigger and better turnout over previous years with regards to ‘ukulele booths.
Aldrine and Aaron over at ‘Ukulele Underground attended the event and via video interviews kept us up to date about new NAMM gear this weekend. All of their interviews can be found on their special NAMM section of UU.
Here are some of the noteworthy ‘ukulele-related items that the NAMM show turned up:
A carbon-fiber ‘ukulele by Blackbird Guitars poses exciting potential for being a super-durable instrument. The neck is hollow for better sound projection and less weight. I still haven’t been able to get a read on whether or not I can take it bodyboarding…
LR Baggs revealed their new Anthem pickup. It is a microphone based unit that is mounted on the bridge plate and supposedly can be played at very high gain before feedback. Of course it is designed for guitar, but could it be the answer to all of our amplification problems?
B-Band introduced an ‘ukulele specific UST pickup. The side-mounted EQ controls have a built in tuner.
Fishman has also joined the tuner boat with its clip-on FT-1 model.
If you know of a new NAMM ‘ukulele-something that I missed please let me know!