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NAMM 2009: Highlights from the Gibson Booth

Published: Mon January 19, 2009  News Feed

From Brian Wilson to Robby Krieger from The Doors many artists populated the Gibson booth over the past few days. Check some of the highlights.

Brian Wilson at NAMM 2009

Brian Wilson, the legendary 60's Beach Boy at the Gibson booth - NAMM 2009

The past three days here at the Gibson booth have been, in a word — stimulating. Legendary musicians Kris Kristofferson, Brian Wilson and Robby Krieger (The Doors) gave intimate performances to appreciative audiences standing within arms-length.

Renowned guitarists Joe Bonamassa, JJ French, Billy Morrison, Brian Ray, Dave Amato and Don Kirkpatrick (to name just a few) held impromptu jams, then mingled freely with attendees who found themselves in the right place at the right time.

The Gibson Entertainment Relations team hosted countless talented artists as they checked out the current line-up of Gibson guitars. Between the amazing guitars hanging throughout the room, the legendary musicians and pop-culture icons mingling about, this year’s Gibson booth offered enough eye-candy to last a lifetime.

The spotlight at this year’s show, however, was definitely the new Dark Fire guitar from Gibson USA. With approximately14 Dark Fire stations set up with Guitar Rig 3 and Ableton Live software, there was a continuous swarm of guitarists (from professional players to hobbyists) putting the Dark Fire through its paces.

Gibson Product Specialist Aljon Go fielded Dark Fire questions from perhaps every possible demographic —from music theory professors and touring musicians to young teens just starting out. Speaking with skeptics and traditionalists who tried to find reasons to avoid this brilliant new technology, but all left satisfied that the Dark Fire guitar functions on a level that meets even the most demanding musician’s expectations.

The new, limited edition Epiphone Wilshire '62 Custom Shop Reissue also attracted quite a bit of attention.

Watch: GIBSON at NAMM 2009!

R.E.O. Speedwagon's Dave Amato (on a Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess) and KISS' Bruce Kulick (on a 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard) had a mid-afternoon jam on Thursday afternoon on the Gibson Custom stage. Next up: Brian Wilson on the Gibson USA main stage!

Brian Wilson performs "God Only Knows" and "California Girl" to a full house in the Gibson room.


Introducing (kind of) the new Jimmy Page Les Paul from Gibson Custom.

 For more photos and videos, check the Gibson NAMM Blog.

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