Vibrato as a pedal effect is having a moment. Boss has released the Waza Version of the Boss VB-2 and EarthQuaker debuted the Aqueduct. I recently did a column on the effect for Electronic Musician, and now here is the Joe Gore Purr Vibrato.
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.
The new AAC North building
I am trying desperately to catch up with all the terrific music being brought to my attention. Here is a wide spectrum of interesting modern guitar, including a pair of solo recordings from Bill Frisell: one new and one you may have overlooked—I had.
Master modern guitarist Joe Gore has built a truly cool instrument and demos it with some excellent playing and looping. Check out his digital laptop looping at 4:57 for terrific sound design ideas.