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NAMM 2010 Round-up: The Best Guitar Products

Published: Thu January 21, 2010  News Feed

If you want to know what are the hottest products for 2010, and which electric guitars, guitar amps and fx pedals will rock your world in the coming months, look no further! Here's a look back at the best guitar products announced at NAMM 2010!

Here's our guide to the best guitar products at NAMM 2010...Enjoy!

1) New Vox Amps

Few announcements could be as exciting for guitarists as this - a revamp of the legendary AC30 and AC15 guitar amps!With brand new improvements, this is the time to get yourself one of the most classic guitar amps in rock's history! And if your budget is as tight as your guitar strings...no worries! Vox is also releasing the AC30VR and AC15VR guitar amps, which bring the classic Vox look and tone to a more affordable price range, using the valve reactor technology.

2) Fender Roadworn '72 Telecasters

We love Teles, and the 72 Telecasters are certainly some ofthe coolest models you can get. Now Fender is giving the RoadWorn treatment to the 72 Telecaster and 72 Telecaster Custom models. These mouth-watering guitars are arriving soon at Dolphin, so make sure to order yours now: Fender Roadworn 72 Telecaster Custom - RW - 3 Tone Sunburst, Fender Roadworn 72 Telecaster Custom - RW - Black, Fender Roadworn 72 Telecaster Deluxe - MN - Black and Fender Roadworn 72 Telecaster Deluxe - MN - Olympic White.

3) Boss ME-25 Multi FX Pedal

The compact and durable Boss ME-25 inherits high-quality sounds from the flagship ME-70, and packs a ton of Boss tone tools into one amazingly affordable package. The ME-25 is the first multiple effect processor at this price point to include renowned Boss COSM amp-modelling technology. This pedal is great for professionals and newcomers alike, and is sure to be yet another hit for Boss! Watch the video:

4) Ibanez Electric Guitars

Ibanez is releasing several new models in 2010, and it's quite hard to pick our favorite! Of course, obvious highlights include the new Joe Satriani Signature models, and the new Steve Vai Signature models. But a model that will be the talk of many message boards is the new Ibanez DN Darkstone electric guitar, which promises to set new standards for Heavy Metal guitars.

The new S Series also has some stunning new models, including the Ibanez S420 WK (Weathered Black) (in stock now) which, at under £400 is a fantastic value for money.

For other classic new models for 2010, check the RGA Series, RGD Series , RGA Prestige Series and RG Prestige Series.

5) Fender G-DEC Amps

Available in 30-watt and 15-watt versions, the Fender G-DEC 3 series takes an exciting leap forward in technology and content in that the world's top artists and session aces created many of its 100 presets and audio performance loops - delivering genre-accurate, non-generic audio. Both offer digital amp and effects models that let you create your own arsenal of guitar tones suited to every style of playing, onboard mp3 and wav file storage and playback, and a multi-function SD card slot for unlimited storage of presets and audio content.

For solo performers or home practice, the Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty Guitar Amp and Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen Guitar Amp offer unmatched quality and versatility. Watch this NAMM 2010 demo video:

6) Digitech JamMan Solo and Stereo looper pedals

In a market already filled with some great looper fx pedals, it's hard to offer something truly new, but the Digitech JamMan Solo and Digitech JamMan Stereo deliver the goods! Both feature the ability to store 35 minutes of CD-quality loops in 99 loops internally as well as having a SD memory card expansion slot, giving the artist the ability to store up to 16 hours of material in an additional 99 slots.

The JamManager software  organizes and saves your JamMan loops to a PC or Mac. The software also provides the user with the capability to create JamLists and have them available for use anytime.

"We reinvented loopers nearly a decade ago with the original JamMan and now we are reinventing loops again with the introduction of the JamMan Stereo and Solo. We are always striving to give guitarists and bassists new ways to be creative and unique with their tone and these new loopers give players the ability to do that whether they are practicing at home, performing on stage or anything in between," stated Jason Lamb, Marketing Manager for DigiTech.

Both loopers also include a USB port to transfer loops to and from a computer, metronome with multiple rhythm sounds and time signatures, automatic recording, and Hands-Free functionality. The JamMan Stereo also features a balanced, professional grade, low impedance XLR mic input with a dedicated gain control. Watch demo:

7) Squier Classic Vibe Telecasters

It seems that 2010 will be the year of the Telecaster,with Squier also releasing some stunning new Classic Vibe Telecaster models for the sub- £400 market.

The first release is the Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster® Custom, in 3-colour sunburst, with rosewood fretboard. This beautiful guitar features a double bound body and mint green pickguard.

The vintage tint gloss maple neck with rosewood fingerboard has 21 medium jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius -- other features include vintage style tuners and a 3-saddle bridge with threaded saddles.

The second model is the Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster® Thinline. The familiar semi-hollow design of this Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster® Thinline is showcased on a rich natural finish mahogany body with f-hole and an attractive white pearloid pickguard.

The gloss maple neck sports 21 medium jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius -- other features include vintage style tuners and a 3-saddle bridge.

In both guitars, a custom set of Alnico V single-coil pickups provides warmth and clarity and enough punch for country, blues, rock and jazz.

It really seems like Squier can do no wrong these days...

8) ProCo '85 Whiteface RAT Distortion Pedal

Fans of acts as diverse as Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Blur, Jeff Beck or Pink Floyd will be familiar with the RAT tone - to put it simply, one of the best distortion pedals ever made. And amongst the many, great RAT pedals, the old "whiteface" model is widely regarded as the best - but also extremely hard to be found! Now ProCo is reissuing the Limited-Edition '85 Whiteface, and if you're looking for a great new distortion pedal, this is it!

9) Boss TU-3 and TC Electronic PolyTune

2010 is the year when Boss lay to rest the most popular tuner pedal ever, the TU-2. But for a good reason...announced last year and officially launched at NAMM 2010, the new Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner (in stock NOW!) is even better and more accurate. The TU-3 incorporates a convenient Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps. It’s the new-standard tuner that no guitarist or bass player should be without!

How do you improve on the TU3? It's a tough job, but if there's a pedal that has the quality to rival it in popularity, it's the new TC Electronic PolyTune poly-chromatic tuner pedal  a truly unique and very versatile tuner pedal.

TC Electronic has just revolutionised guitar tuning at a stroke – or strum – with the TC PolyTune, the world’s first polyphonic guitar tuner. This cutting-edge tuning technology revolutionizes tuning and accomplishes what has been deemed 'impossible’ until now: tuning all strings simultaneously! Simply strum – PolyTune will tell you which strings need tuning – tune up and you’re ready to rock! Read more about the PolyTune here...

10) Vox Electric Guitars

Sure, Vox put it's name on the map because of their guitar amps, but they never had as much popularity with their guitars, Sure, everyone knows of the Vox Teardrop...but that was a long time ago! Well, this situation could change in 2010, with a very strong new range of Vox electric guitars, that should wet the appetites of guitarists looking for a new guitar. The new guitars include single-cutaway solid bodies, double-cutaway solid bodies and semi-hollow guitars, and every one of them looks just amazing!

For a look at all the new models, please read the NAMM 2010 article about the new Vox Electic Guitars.

And before we forget...

Ok, that's the guitarists sorted. But acoustic players and bassists can also get excited with some fantastic new releases for 2010. Here's a quick list:

Check tomorrow for a list of the Top10 Best New Guitars at NAMM 2010!

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