NAMM 2018 was even bigger than last year, yet much more manageable. The brand new ACC (Anaheim Convention Center) North building housed most of the high tech and pro audio stuff, allowing guitars and related products to be centralized in one area on the main floor of the original building. NAMM further reduced the spread by offering the new boutique manufacturers—previously relegated to downstairs Hall E—smaller, more affordable booths in the main guitar product ghetto. Thus, I was able to cover the show in two relaxed, rather than three grueling, days.
If there is a guitar that smells like the future, this is it. Boss is introducing the V-BDN VG-Strandberg guitar, a new instrument that fuses the designs of Swedish builder Strandberg with the V-Guitar technologies from Boss.
The ability to create polyphonic synthesizer sounds with a guitar, without the need for a special pickup, has been on the table since the advent of Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar software http://www.guitarmoderne.com/gear-2/jam-origin-midi-guitar-the-full-review. Still, there are many guitarists who would prefer not to use a computer in their setup. For them, the Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer sounds promising. I only wish the video spent more time showing the synth sounds and functions, and less time on guitar shredding.