4 days of intense musical experience! The amount of impressions (and sounds) I took in during the four days of the show at Anaheim Convention Center is beyond human capacity ...or so I thought, but come Monday, after the show was over, I realized that four days was not enough for me.
Where do I start... Guitars, basses that you can't take your eyes and hands off. Elegance, creativity, functionality and technology meet and the result is amazing.
A very elegant Baudier guitar design.
The next three are photos of James Trussart custom guitars - beautiful use of metal.
I didn't get a chance to try all the guitars there (that would probably take a couple of months) but I did spend some time at the Vigier Guitars booth (my interest in Guthrie Govan's guitar style brught me there in the first place). I found a Vigier to be one of the most playable guitars I ever held.
Same goes for Warwick fretless bass I tried - silk with a growl, if you'd ask me to describe it in words.
Here's a double neck Vigier guitar. Freless metal fretboard (funny combination of words, I know) on top.
My personal sound also improved as a result of this NAMM - I now have passive onboard Villex boosters installed both on my Strat
and my fretless Jazz bass
Both of them sound so much gutsier now.
Below I'm with William Villex (inventor and maker of the boosters) and Tom Anderson (famous luthier, manufacturer of one of the best custom guitars).
So yeah.. all this equipment definitely makes a musician drool :)
And yet that was secondary. The main benefit of being there for me was - people. It was my first NAMM and I really wanted to get a feel of the people in this "business like no business I know". I hoped to see a few musicians there who are most inspiring for me, who I know so well from records and videos, but never had a chance to see in person. NAMM gave me that invaluable experience and the boost in inspiration came with it.
Here's just a couple of many encounters:
With Tal Wilkenfeld. Within 4 years of picking up a bass guitar she was playing with giants like Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Lee Ritenour.
With legendary Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Sting, Megadeth, The Beach Boys, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Robben Ford, Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan).
So, after these four days of excitement, noise and crowds I'm going back to recording my next CD, but this time there's George Benson's signature on my pick guard. And that raises the bar, doesn't it?
And that's the point! :)
Watch my video report on NAMM 2013 show here: