NAMM 2021: The best guitar, pedal and amp releases this year
NAMM 2021: Most guitarists will know that January is a month typically reserved for gear launches. Guitar brands big and small would descend upon Anaheim, California to show off their new guitars, pedals, amps and accessories for the year at the Winter NAMM Show, but things are different this year.
Has NAMM 2021 been cancelled?
Yes. The physical show in Anaheim, California has been canned this year due to safety concerns with the pandemic still raging in the US.
NAMM has organised a virtual event, Believe In Music Week, to replace the traditional trade show. The event, which takes place from 18-22 January 2021, will host an interactive marketplace for brands to launch products. Believe In Music Week will also broadcast hours of professional educational content and artist performances on the companion site, BelieveInMusic.tv.
Register for Believe In Music Week here.
So will there still be new gear launches this month (January 2021)?
Definitely. Brands big and small are still pumping out brand-new guitars, pedals and amps almost every day this month so far – you can find the best of them below.
This is a rolling list and will be updated regularly as new products get announced.
New electric and acoustic guitars for 2021
Fender’s new Noventa range. Image: FenderFender and Squier
Fender has expanded its lineup of artist signatures, introducing new models for Ben Gibbard, Chrissie Hynde, Mike McCready, Joe Strummer, Dhani Harrison and Jason Isbell.
Part of the Parallel Universe series, the Strat Jazz Deluxe combines the offset body of a Jazzmaster with the electronics of a Stratocaster.
P-90s on a Strat? The new Noventa range comprises Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazzmasters with the spanky single coils.
Fender has revived the Boxer Series Stratocaster, a model that was originally released in the hair metal era of the 80s.
Squier’s revamped Contemporary series is a line of electric guitars that bring together classic Fender designs and modern, rock-oriented features.
Gibson and Epiphone
In a surprise reveal, Slash shared on Instagram images of his new-for-2021 Epiphone signature Les Pauls.
Gibson has announced a partnership with Kiss’ Gene Simmons on a range of new electric guitar and bass collections.
A Goldtop edition of Jared James Nichols’ signature Epiphone “Old Glory” Les Paul Custom could be landing soon.
Epiphone’s new Prophecy Collection comprises four modern takes on classic Gibson guitar shapes.
Popular YouTuber Rick Beato has announced that his Gibson signature model is in the works.
In tribute to the great Eddie Van Halen, the brand revamped its line of 5150 guitars and introduced two new Wolfgang guitars.
Sterling By Music Man has announced a new edition of the Mariposa, a signature guitar for Omar Rodríguez-López.
The guitar joins four more new releases, including a Jason Richardson signature and a 2021 edition of the Cutlass.
Paul Gilbert is getting a new signature electric guitar, the FRM300.
Martin has announced two new signature acoustic guitars for David Gilmour.
The 00L Earth guitar is the first acoustic that’s 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and plastic-free.
The newly announced MJ Series introduces a range of Japan-made Rhoads, Dinky and Soloist electric guitar models.
Jackson has introduced six new artist models for 2021, including one with new Jackson artist Brandon Ellis, guitarist for Black Dahlia Murder.
New entries in the brand’s Vintage Select Edition, Players Edition, Limited Edition, Electromatic and Streamliner ranges.
The latest Six Gun model offers a brand-new pickup configuration: a humbucker in the bridge and two P-90s in the neck and middle positions.
Reverend has launched the new signature Gil Parris GPS, an S-type that’s packing some un-vintage electronics under the hood.
New guitar amplifiers for 2021
The Blackstar ID:Core V3 amps. Image: BlackstarFender
Fender has three new amplifiers for 2021: the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb, the ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb and the Mustang Micro.
The new ID:Core V3 range of guitar amplifiers comprises compact practice amplifiers that offer extensive connectivity, Super Wide Stereo, digital audio recording and more.
New guitar pedals for 2021
Ibanez has expanded its lineup of mini pedals with two new products: the PHMINI and BTMINI, a phaser and booster respectively.
The Nano Metal Muff is a scaled-down edition of one of the brand’s most popular high-gain distortion pedals.
New guitar accessories and recording equipment for 2021
Audient has launched two new iD audio interfaces and an EVO recording bundle.
The brand has a signature set of strings for Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.
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