Breakfast with Stevie:
Interesting new development from Fender. New acoustic/bluegrass line of banjos, dobros, and mandolins, street price under $500 under the Gretsch brand.
Gretsch "New Yorker" mandolin:
I really like the peghead shape, the 12th fret body join, the vintage looking finger rest, and the vintage one-piece cloud tailpiece.
I'd love to hear one of these. I wonder if they offer an oval-hole version?
Thanks for the pics, Ted!
Thanks for all the pictures! It’s like being there myself.
Did anyone happen to see any new low end twelve strings?
Thanks Ted, your annual NAMM reports are always appreciated.
Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.
Ted, I saw what was either an Eastman octave or MC. I've tried to find something online as to whether they're making octaves or not and I've come up with zip. But what they might have for cases is what I'm getting at. If such a creature exists and didn't have "Eastman" in bright gold across the front I'd sure like to check one out.
My best friend went this year but I couldn't leave because of work. NAMM is always fun. The last time I went I was playing mainly electric guitar so it was quite the experience trying out all of the guitars, amps and effects units.
How is summer NAMM? We can get to the summer show. I wonder if they have more bluegrass instruments since it is in TN as opposed to CA.
20+ electric guitars, banjos, bass guitars, and a fiddle
I brought my favorite pick with me and tried to play as many as a could. The noise this year was pretty bad, making it hard to hear anything. Of the mandolins I played my favorite was the KM-1500. The neck felt good and the tone was impressive especially for a 4k list price (around 2k online) instrument. The Bill Monroe tribute hanging next to it was not so impressive. They didn't bother to finish the ends of the frets properly so it felt like I was playing a saw blade. Why would you not fix that for a trade show? In the Martin booth they had the 60k list price D-45 1942 repro just hanging there for anyone to just pull down and play. The noise in that area was so bad though I couldn't give it a proper listen. What I could hear of it was impressive, like the price.
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Thank you very much Ted, for all the great photos!!!!!
I really like the reso Zouk. Yeah Yeah!!!!
Here are some pics of the "New Gibson K5C Mandocello"
Here is a link to the mando on our site
The Mandolin Store
Any chance of reviews on the Gretsch's & Fender "Robert Schmidt"?
Thanks for the virtual tour, guys.
(that Excelsior amp sounds HOT!)
Gibson A2 1920(?)
Washburn 215(?) 1906-07(?)
Victoria, B&J, New York(stolen 10/18/2011)
Eastwood Airline Mandola
Vega 200 archtop, 1957?
I was at NAMM for 3 days... so much fun..I took about 700 photos and some video
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