NAMM 2020: What You Need To Know

Posted on 14th January 2020 by

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It’s that time of the year again; the time of the year where, if you’re a musician, you simply cannot escape NAMM! Maybe you’ve never heard of NAMM before, or maybe you are a seasoned NAMM-er, here’s what you need to know about this year’s NAMM 2020 show.

What is NAMM?

NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants, based in the USA it is a non-profit organisation focused gathering together like-minded retailers, manufacturers and distributors from across the world to promote and further the interests of musicians and the musical instruments industry in general.

So, the NAMM 2020 Show?

Yes, the famous NAMM show! This is the trade show spectacle that takes place once per year in California. Almost 100,000 people will attend the NAMM 2020 show, giving them the first look at stacks and stacks of new gear that will be launched over the coming months. All major brands will be in attendance with exciting announcements as to what we can expect from them next.

Bad news, however, the show isn’t open to the public – sorry!

NAMM 2020 – What to Expect

The most exciting trade show of the year begins in just under a week on Thursday 16th January and lasts until Sunday 19th January. Between now and the end of the month we will be regularly updating this blog and our social channels to help keep you in the loop with all the latest news and releases. You can also receive newsletter-style updates sent direct to your inbox, simply subscribe here. 

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In the meantime, here’s what we know so far and also what else to expect:

  • Gibson have announced a variety of things ahead of the show, with the launch of Gibson TV, signature Slash Les Pauls and J-45s, original series Classic V and Explorer, and the exciting plans for the Acoustic Custom Shop with both modern and historic collections.
  • Epiphone has launched a US-built Texan acoustic and revamped its range into Originals and the very exciting Inspired By Gibson lines
  • Taylor has four new Builder’s Editions for the well-heeled, but plenty more for players who can’t stretch their budgets that far. New Koa GS Mini guitars and basses, plus 200 Series and V-Class additions
  • Ibanez always go big at winter NAMM and it has already unveiled new AZ and RG models. There are three new FX pedals from the Japanese innovators, plus surely more to come at the NAMM show proper later on.
  • Fender have kept reasonably quiet after we saw the Tone Master amps and American Ultra series drop at the end of 2019, but we can reveal there is plenty more to come from Fender at this year’s show.

Stay updated with the latest news, brought to you as we get it at NAMM 2020!



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