NAMM 2020 is coming around fast and will be held on January 16-19 2020 – keep your eyes on this page for the latest NAMM 2020 announcements as we get them.
We’ll be at NAMM 2020 bringing you all the latest news direct from California and discussing the latest NAMM 2020 releases and rumours right here on our official NAMM 2020 blog! So make sure you keep checking this page for the latest updates and newest musical instruments! But first here’s a few common questions we get about NAMM!
When is NAMM 2020?
The NAMM Show 2020 will be held on January 16th to January 19th 2020.
Where is NAMM 2020 Being Held?
The Namm Show 2020 will be held in its usual place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California in the USA.
What brands are going to NAMM 2020?
More brands who will be appearing at NAMM 2020 are being announced daily, and you can get the full list here. But we expect all the big names like Fender, Gretsch, Boss, Roland and more to be appearing showing off their new gear. We can’t wait to see what the likes of Gibson, VOX, Fender, Martin, Yamaha, Pioneer, Strymon, Korg, Ibanez and Roland come up with for NAMM 2020!
I’m confused. What is NAMM?
If you’re hearing all this discussion about NAMM 2020 and you’re wondering what the heck NAMM is, it’s all good – we’ve got you covered. NAMM is the largest musical trade show in the world, and stand for the National Association of Music Merchandisers. Members of NAMM are all manufacturers and creators of musical instruments and gear that is sold worldwide – guitars, keyboards, drums, audio interfaces, DJ stuff, PA equipment, that kind of thing. Each year brands showcase their new gear which could include new guitars, new pedals, new drum kits, keyboards etc which will eventually be sold that year. Brands like Martin and Fender also exhibit some extremely rare collectors’ items and one-off guitars.
Keep checking this page for the latest news and product pictures/videos direct from NAMM!
The PMT Team will be filming at NAMM 2020, one of the Music Industry's biggest events, to bring you direct footage of the latest gear getting released this year.
All the New NAMM 2020 gear will be announced very soon - but let's take a look at some of the early NAMM previews and releases that have landed at PMT.
NAMM 2020 Guitar News
Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster
Fender has announced the new Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster after 2019's Acoustasonic Telecaster took the music world by storm. The new Acoustasonic Stratocaster features a very comfortable modified body shape with forearm contour, contoured neck heel and easy access to the upper frets thanks to the classic Strat double-cutaway design.
An Ebony fingerboard, Mahogany neck with a Modern "Deep C" shape and Satin Urethane finish makes the guitar very comfortable to play. The Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster utilises a 3-pickup configuration. The Under-Saddle Piezo, Internal Body Sensor and N4 Magnetic pickup provide all the tonal variety you need. The built-in acoustic engine delivers 10 varying body style and tonewood options and the Mod knob allows you to blend the pickups to your liking.
Available in Natural, 3-Colour Sunburst, Black, Dakota Red, Transparent Sonic Blue. Each guitar comes with a Fender Deluxe Gig Bag too!
New Orange Little Bass Thing Amp Head & Bass Butler Bi-amp Pedal
Orange have released two new products ahead of NAMM 2020 that will make the life of a touring musician a lot easier!
Orange Bass Butler Bi-amp Bass Preamp Pedal
If you don't want to drag an amp around, and would prefer to plug directly into the desk and PA, then you'll love the Orange Bass Butler Bi-amp Bass Preamp Pedal. Designed in collaboration with Morgan Nichols (touring member of Muse), this could be the only bass pedal you'll ever need.
You have a balanced XLR D.I. output which is packed with Compression, Bass, Treble, and Volume control layout, along with an optical compressor circuit, cut/boost tone controls, and dedicated bass-cab simulation. there's also a guitar channel that you can use to sculpt your sound further and utilise Orange's signature grit. You can also hook the pedal up to your amp via the standard 1/4" socket, too.
Orange Little Bass Thing 500w Bass Amp Head
Orange has managed to cram 500 watts of Class D power into a tiny, 3kg amplifier head - ideal for the musician with minimal room and touring players. The Orange Little Bass Thing is a no-nonsense single-channel 500-watt bass amp head with everything you need to gig and nothing you don't. There's a foot-switchable Optical compression function, buffered FX Loop and studio-grade balanced D.I. output. You even have all the tone-shaping features that you need as well as -6dB input pad switch for active basses, and two Speakon output sockets with a 4 Ohm impedance rating.
Orange Terror Stamp 20w Valve Hybrid Guitar Amp Pedal
Orange has joined the pedalboard preamp world with their Orange Terror Stamp 20w Valve Hybrid Guitar Amp Pedal. This is a pedalboard-friendly preamp with the power of a lunchbox style head. Within this affordable and compact 20-watt preamp you have a solid-state power amp and a true ECC83 Valve-based preamp that produces all the lush dynamics and feel you've come to expect from Orange's Terror range. This means you can plug directly into a cab or even the PA system without having to drag around an amplifier.
Best of all, you can hook up a set of headphones for silent practice, utilising all your existing pedals and crafting your sound for the live arena. The Terror Stamp also features a fully-buffered, low-impedance FX Loop, exclusive Shape control knob and two different volume controls for adding a boost when you need it.
Check out all the new Orange Gear at NAMM 2020 HERE.
Vox Cambridge 50 Modeling Guitar Amp Revealed
VOX has well and truly launched themselves into the world of professional-level modeling amplifiers with the release of the Vox Cambridge 50 Modeling Guitar Amp. This stage-ready amp features 11 different and very famous guitar amplifiers ranging from classic VOX amps to a plethora of other familiar options. You have 8 types of effect and 50 watts of power busting out through a Celestion 12" speaker all powered via the Preamp circuit equipped with Nutube delivering the tonal response and dynamic flavour of a tube amp.
Vox MSB50 Mini Superbeetle Audio Bluetooth Speakers
This stylish Bluetooth speaker and guitar amplifier is based on the Vox Mini Superbeetle amplifier. This is first and foremost a Bluetooth speaker with 6.5" woofer, 1" tweeter, and 50 Watts of output. An EQ section allows you to fine-tune your music and even comes equipped with a SUB-BASS function to support those sub frequencies found in EDM.
However, you CAN plug a guitar into it via the Guitar Input situated on the back panel and turn the speaker in a handy 50 Watt combo amp. If you want more functionality you can even plug in your amPlkug headphone amp in and expand the sounds on offer. A great practice amp and speaker for around the home.
First released in the 1960s, the Vox Bobcat guitar was part of the British Invasion. Fast forward to 2020 and it's making a much-anticipated reappearance. Vox has announced two different models ahead of NAMM 2020: the Bobcat V90 and VoxBobcat S66.
The Bobcat V90 semi-acoustic guitar features a set of VOX V90 Soapbar Pickups made with S-style pole magnets which provides a brighter, punchier sound not usually associated with semi-hollow guitars. A Maple laminate body provides the sparkling, chiming tone whilst the weight relieved centre block provides increased sustain and suppresses feedback. A Tune-O-Matic bridge and Grover open gear tuners keep your guitar in tune and stable.
The Vox Bobcat S66 Semi-Acoustic Guitar includes three single-coil VOX S66 pickups instead. These pickups each have a dedicated volume control so you can add some dynamics to your sound, whilst a single tone knob means you have added control. The S66 feature a Maple plywood body and weight relieved Spruce centre block for added resonance.
The Starstream bass guitars build on the success of the Starstream guitars that were released around 2016. You have two new models to choose from: The Vox Starstream Bass 1H and Vox Starstream Bass 2S. The 1H features a single humbucking bass pickup, whereas the S2 features two single coils.
The 1H version features a 'Push' function that allows you to switch the pickup between Series or parallel modes for tonal variety. The unique combination of Poplar and flame retardant ABS tonewoods make the bass extremely lightweight at just 3kg! whilst the shorter scale neck length makes it a dream to play.
The Starstream Bass S2 features the same tonewoods and shorter scale. However the key difference is in the pickups as you have two single-coil pickups with dedicated volume controls, so you can blend or isolate them to your liking. Both these bass guitars make ideal touring partners and options for those musicians who don't want to be lugging around a heavy bass!
Vox VALVENERGY Series Pedals, Wah and Tuner Announced
Vox has revealed a range of new effects pedals ahead of NAMM including the Mystic Edge, Copperhead Drive, Silk Drive and Cutting Edge pedals as well as the V847- Custom Wah and VXT-1 Strobe tuner.
The new Valvenergy pedals feature Nutube technology, a buffered bypass, channel switching options similar to a multi-channel amp when multiple Valvenergy pedals are connected and a clear OLED display so you know what’s going on. These pedals essentially emulate the sound of classic tube guitar amplifiers similar to the MV50 amps that Vox released a while ago. It’s basically like having a range of different tube amps on your pedalboard.
The Mystic Edge pedal delivers the sound of the Vox AC30, the Copperhead Drive recreates a full-stack amplifier tone akin to the 80s hard rock sound. The Silk Drive delivers the sound of a legendary boutique amplifier covering a range of warm cleans to bluesy overdriven tones. The Cutting Edge is perfect for the modern metal fans, providing that crushing distortion you need for the big riffs and screaming solos.
The Vox V847-C Custom Wah Wah Pedal is a faithful recreation of the classic 1960s Wah, but with an added twist developed by top Japanese Guitarist, Char. You get a powerful output with an improved frequency sweep and warmer tone overall.
The newVox VXT-1 Strobe Pedal Tunerprovides high precision tuning as well as multiple tuning modes, display settings and high visibility display. Vox state that the precision is as high as +/-0.02 cents, so you're going to be pretty spot on with this!
Finally! The team at PRS have announced the S2 McCarty 594, S2 McCarty 594 Singlecut and S2 McCarty 594 Thinline guitars - which make a welcome addition to the S2 family. This is the first time a McCarty model has been available outside the likes of the PRS Private Stock and Core series. All S2 McCarty 594 guitars include 58/15 “S” pickups and dual volume and push/pull tone controls with coil-tapping features.
22 fret mahogany necks with bound Rosewood fretboards and PRS zinc two-piece bridge and vintage-style tuners finish of the guitars nicely. The Maple top versions including the double and single-cut guitars feature a Pattern Vintage neck shape. The S2 McCarty 594 Thinline features a thin, one-piece, all-mahogany body and a Pattern Thin neck shape.
Take a closer look at these guitars in our blog HERE.
PRS John Mayer SIlver Sky Electric Guitar MN, Polar Blue
We love this PRS guitar which the brand crafted alongside legendary blues guitarist John Mayer. This signature model returns with a variety of stunning new finishes and was inspired by some of Paul Reed Smith's early sixties models. You're guaranteed a great tone with three-custom-voiced single coil pickups and a host of professional appointments.
New Gibson Slash Collection
The Slash Signature Gibson Guitars we've been waiting for have finally been revealed. Gibson has announced the new Gibson Slash Collection ahead of NAMM 2020. This new signature range developed with Slash represent key moments in Slash's musical history. You have four Gibson Slash Collection Les Paul Standard guitars and two Slash Signature Gibson J-45 acoustic guitars.
Gibson Slash Collection Les Paul Standard Guitars
The Gibson Slash Collection Les Paul Standard features a AAA Maple top and solid Mahogany body - typical of a Les Paul Standard. A Slash requested C-shape neck profile is comfortable to play and each guitar is loaded with his signature Gibson SlashBucker pickups. Hand-wired electronics and Orange Drop capacitors have been included as well as a vintage-style hardshell case. The Slash Signature Gibson Les Pauls come in 4 different finishes: November Burst, Appetite Burst, Vermillion Burst and Anaconda Burst.
The new Gibson Slash Collection J-45 Standards represent the first Slash signature acoustic. A Slash requested rounded C-neck profile and 16-inch fingerboard radius make them comfortable to play. An LR Baggs VTC pickup system has been installed for the performing musicians.
Martin 16 Series & Martin X Series Guitars Announced
The new Martin X Series and Martin 16 Series guitars provide a range of options for players of all levels. The Martin 'X' series features an array of affordable guitars made from alternative, sustainable materials. These guitars HPL patterns, solid top options, scalloped bracing, and a solid wood neck, fingerboard, and bridge. Fishman MX electronics have been installed and a sturdy Martin soft gig bag has been included.
The Martin 16 Series introduces 4 new guitars into the Martin family. NAMM 2020 will see the team demo the GPC-16E Grand Performance Cutaway and the D-16E Dreadnought as well as a 000C12-16E Classical and BC-16E Acoustic Bass.
You can read more about the guitars in our blog HERE.
Ashdown Announces New Range of Bass Guitars, Pedal Amplifiers & Heads
Ashdown Bass Guitars Designed By Dan Lakin
Ashdown has finally joined the bass guitar game and designed a range of their own alongside legendary Dan Lakin. A new range of bass heads have also been revealed. You may have heard Dan's name before - he's the guy responsible for the awesome Lakland bass guitars championed by players everywhere.
Fortunately for us, Dan has collaborated with Ashdown to create some extremely high-performance bass guitars that won't break the bank. The new range of bass guitars include the Low Rider, the Saint, The Arc and The Grail. Of course, you can see that they're inspired by certain shapes, but the use of Hipshot Tuners and Wilkinson bridges, as well as Lightweight Alder body tonewoods, will appeal to mid-level to pro musicians, especially. Click HERE to learn more.
New Ashdown Pedalboard Amplifiers
New 200 watt pedalboard amplifiers have also been revealed: one for bass and one for guitar. The Ashdown Ant (bass) and the Ashdown Newt (guitar) are small amplifiers that can be plugged directly into a cabinet or into the PA system providing clean, powerful sound that you can rely on. Ashdown has created these for the likes of Kemper and Helix users and all those who use modelers and effects processors instead of full rigs.
Boss has unveiled two new amps (so far) this year that are set to make performers lives so much easier. The Boss Katana-Artist MkII Amplifier and Boss Acoustic Singer Live LT Amplifier.
Boss Katana-Artist MkII Amplifier
The new Katana Artist MKII features 5 new voice variations for each amp character, bumping up the amplifier tones to 10. You have a three-way Contour Control switch which lets you manipulate the amplifiers core tone and you can run two Katana amps at once via the Dual Amp Support function.
Boss Acoustic Singer Live LT Amplifier
The new Boss Acoustic Singer Live LT Amplifier is a streamlined version of the acoustic Singer series. This forgoes the looper and harmony functions and aims to be a simpler amplifier that you can control easily. You have 60 watts of power, a bi-amp design, dual channels for microphone and acoustic guitar as well as the all-important feedback control.
MXR Ltd Edition DD25 Green Day Dookie Drive V2
An essential limited edition pedal for fans of Green Day celebrating their iconic album 'Dookie'. If you're after an effects pedal that offers an all-encompassing harmonic range of overdriven tones - this is a must!
Fender Player Lead III Electric Guitar Metallic Purple
Among the huge amount of Fender guitars launched this NAMM was the Fender Player Lead III shown here in Metallic Purple. The only time this model has been on the market was during a brief stint in 1982. Now though, they're back and we love the distinct body shape along with the dual humbuckers featuring Alnico II magnets. Find out more about this guitar here.
Fender Duo Sonic MN Tidepool
We were thrilled to see the iconic Fender Duo Sonic among Fender's 2020 NAMM releases. This immensely versatile guitar features a fixed bridge, 2 single coil pickups and a vintage tidepool finish. Who doesn't love a classic Fender offset model? More information about this Duo Sonic model is available here.
Fender Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat
The Fender Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat offers a unique take on one of the most popular guitar models of all time, the Stratocaster, This limited edition strat features dual custom double tap Humbuckers which offer up some real power when needed. More information on the Uptown Strat is available here.
New Schecter Guitars at NAMM 2020
Schecter pulled out all the stops at NAMM 2020 with a range of striking new guitars - featuring options suited to just about all genres - whether that's blues, rock or metal. We saw new additions to the Silver Mountain Series, The Banshee Mach Series, The Banshee GT Series, new Nick Johnston HSS guitars, and the Corsair 2020 series - classic looking hollow body guitars for the blues players out there. We were so impressed by these announcements that we've assembled a whole blog about them which you can read just here.
NAMM 2020 Drum News
New TAMA drums and Drum gear Announced
The team over at Tama drums have been hard at work creating a massive range of new drum equipment ahead of NAMM 2020. Highlights this year come in the form of the Tama Starclassic Kits, the Club-Jam Flyer kit and the range of Tama Woodworks snare drums. We can't wait to see these up close and personal over at NAMM 2020 and will upload videos when we get the chance - for now, check out the full range HERE.
New Roland VAD drums and TD-27KV V-Drums Kits
Roland has unveiled a range of new VAD electronic drum kits aimed at acoustic purists as well as a new TD-27KV V-Drums Kit.
Roland V-Drums Acoustic Design Drum Kits - Roland VAD Drum Kits
The new Roland VAD drum kits, short for V-Drums Acoustic Design provides the functionality of an electronic drum kit, but the feel and vibe of an acoustic drum kit. You have full-size wood shells with advanced shell sensor systems, streamlined cymbals and three different kits available. The flagship Roland VAD506 and Roland VAD503 kits include the TD-27 module, as well as full-size kick and toms, digital snare and ride. The Roland VAD306 kit includes the TD-17 module along with kick, snare, and toms with shallow wood shells. Learn more HERE.
Roland TD-27KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit
The new Roland TD-27KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit is a mid-size electronic drum kit with the all-new TD-27 sound module. You have advanced digital trigger technology to capture every nuance of your playing. You also get 14" x 3.5" stainless-steel snare drum and 10" toms which feature Roland's acclaimed multi-ply mesh heads. The kit also includes 12" hi-hat cymbals, 18" ride cymbal along with 12" and 13" crash cymbals - everything you need. Learn more HERE.
VOX Telstar announced as slick throwback kit
NAMM has a tendency to throw up some vintage inspired gems and that was certainly true this year. The VOX Telstar drum kit is an instant retro classic - as a modern take on one of the iconic Trixon Speedfire Kit, this is without doubt a very an exciting announcement. With it's attention grabbing bass drum and revolutionary legacy - this one will be a must for enthusiasts of old school drum setups.
NAMM 2020 Tech News
Korg Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer Announced
Korg never fail to impress us with their NAMM releases, and this year is no different! They've announced the Korg Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer and we've secured a demo video already - you can watch that below. This is powered by the Wave Sequencing 2.0 engine and changes the synth game by splitting the timing, sample sequencing and melody elements of a sample. This results in an array of unique sounds. 64 stereo voices, 14 simultaneous effects and 37 full-size keys - loads to work with. Check it out below.
Korg SV2 Stage Pianos revealed
Korg has also announced the new Korg SV2 Stage pianos including 73 and 88 key options. Korg has also announced options with built-in speakers too! The Korg SV-2 builds on the legacy of the Korg SV1 and introduces a range of awesome new features, sounds and samples. 72 Sounds, 64 memory slots, Valve Reactor Circuit for true 12AX7A vacuum tube sound and a range of period-accurate effects and amp models. Check out our demo video with the legendary Luke from Korg, below:
This reissue is a one-time-only limited edition production run of the Korg ARP 2600 FS and is strictly first come first served. The ARP 2600 was the synthesizer behind the voice of our favourite astromech droid - R2-D2. It was also used to create the sound of the Ark of The Covenant from Indiana Jones' first film adventure; Raiders of The Lost Ark.
This limited-edition synth features a world of connectivity options for modern musicians including USB and DIN-style MIDI connections and XLR audio outputs. You also get an improved ARP 3620 Duophonic Keyboard along with an added arpeggiator/sequencer. Check out our video below and view more details
New Roland A-88MKII Midi keyboard & GO:LIVECAST Unit
New Roland A-88MKII Midi keyboard & GO:LIVECAST Unit
Technically this was announced at CES 2020, but we're sure Roland will be showing off the new A-88MKII Midi keyboard & GO:LIVECAST Unit in Anaheim, too!
Roland A-88MKII Midi Keyboard Controller
The new Roland A-88MKII Midi Keyboard Controller is a slimmer, ergonomically designed MIDI keyboard. This 88-not keyboard even features weighted action for that added dynamic response to your playing as well as an advanced arpeggiator, zone functionality, USB-C connectivity, RGB-lit controls, and more features for studio producers and musicians. This unit is also MIDI 2.0 ready, which makes it the first Roland instrument to support this new standard.
If you're podcaster, YouTuber or Social Media influencer, your dreams have just come true. The Roland GO:LIVECAST allows you to create and stream pro-quality live shows on Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms via your phone or tablet without the need for a laptop. You can mix sound, display text and titles, play different types of media, trigger sounds and effects all from the unit itself. This is the perfect mobile videography and live streaming option for vloggers etc.
New SLL USB Audio Interfaces Announced - NAMM 2020
Two new SSL USB Audio Interfaces have been announced ahead of NAMM 2020. World-class Solid State Logic music production is now available at home.
SSL 2 2-IN/2-OUT USB AUDIO INTERFACE
We can't believe it, but the team at Solid State Logic have announced two awesome SSL USB audio interfaces ahead of NAMM 2020. This means you can add that classic SSL studio functionality and sound to your home and studio recordings without blowing your budget.
The SSL 2 is a 2-IN/2-OUT USB audio interface that features SSL- designed analogue microphone preamps and 24/192kHz conversion. A very cool ‘Legacy 4K’ mode has been included and is inspired by the classic SSL consoles you've heard on countless records. This feature gives you the ability to add extra analogue character and sparkle to your sources when the song calls for it. You also get an ‘SSL Production Pack’ software bundle including some of SSL's own studio-grade Native plug-ins as well as a range of DAWs loops, samples and virtual instruments. A high current headphone amp also ensures you can hear everything you need to whether you're recording live or mixing.
SSL 2+ 2-IN/4-OUT USB AUDIO INTERFACE
The SSL 2+ is a 2-IN/4-OUT USB audio interface that features additional unbalanced outputs for DJ mixers. Again, you have 2X class-leading mic preamps providing 130.5dB EIN / 62dB of gain, as well as the awesome Legacy 4K Analogue Enhancement, which is inspired by the SSL4000 series console. Extra functionality such as MIDI I/O and 2X high current headphone amps with independent monitor mix make it a great tool for live recording. Audiophiles will really appreciate the 24-bit / 192 kHz AKM Converters.
Nord Wave 2 Synthesizer
Nord has unleashed the Nord Wave 2 - the most powerful and versatile live performance synthesizer Nord has ever released. The Nord Wave 2 is an extremely powerful 4-part performance synthesizer that features 48 voice polyphony a world of Virtual Analog synthesis, cool Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface designed for performing musicians.
You can layer classic waveforms and samples and get a complete overview when shaping your sounds thanks to the built-in OLED displays for Program and Oscillator sections. A program Layer section with faders allows you to control volumes and pans and an integrated Oscillator section with 4 layers offers 4 modes: Analog, Wavetable, FM and Samples. Built-in effects, arpeggiator and more allow you to take your sound to new levels.
Moog Subsequent 25 Synthesizer
The announcement of this mesmerising Moog Subsequent 25 got us all talking here at PMT. A compact and delightful new analogue addition to the Moog range with a host of brilliant features. 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 2 x oscillators, 1 x sub-oscillator and 1x noise generator! Available to pre-order now.
Yamaha YC61 Drawbar Organ
Check out this Yamaha YC61 with in-built drawbar functions! This keyboard boasts 61 keys and 9 drawbars. VCM technology is included which ensures you'll have an authentic sound. Packing the feel and playability of an organ with waterfall keyboards - this will soon be your best friend for live and studio performance! More information on this one here.
Akai MPC One
This AKAI MPC One is here to satisfy all your beat-making needs! This is ideal because it's everything you need to start making music in one standalone unit. (No computer required). More importantly, this unit can quickly fit into your existing studio environment and can grow with your set up. Comes loaded with 2GB of new drum sample and loop collections. Further information on the AKAI MPC One is available here.
Novation Launchpad Pro MK3
This colourful MIDI grid controller is perfect for playing and sequencing MIDI hardware and software. If you're serious about exploring your sound then this is the ideal tool for the live environment and the studio. The 64 RGB pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive which is ideal for striking the right note everytime.