Like That Pedal Show, Tim And Pete’s Guitar Show is a master class for guitarists of any persuasion. Session stars Tim Pierce and Pete Thorn talk to their peers about playing, gear, and the business. This one, with Michael Thompson is especially good on a number of levels. Thompson has played on records for everyone from Mike Oldfield to Kenny G. The majority of his work involves delivering pop sounds, but here he demonstrates some interesting ways of creating cool ambient textures. Also fascinating is watching three guitarists solo over the same track with the same guitar through the same gear.
Pedals were rampant at Summer NAMM 2015. Symbolic of this trend was the giant, fully functional Cusack Reverb pedal. Yes, you had to manhandle that huge footswitch to turn it on.
The new Nashville Music City Center hosted Summer NAMM for the second year in a row. Though the summer version has become a very guitar-centric show, it normally skews pretty traditional. This year offered a surprise, though. In amongst the usual din of metal, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country licks, a duo took the stage at the sizable Earthquaker Devices booth to perform a set of ultra-modern musical noise. Guitarist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) and bassist Jonathan Hischke demonstrated the unusual, cutting-edge tones that can be extracted from this company’s product line. Look for an upcoming interview with Reinhart. In the meantime, here are some things from the show that might be of interest to modern guitarists.