The NAMM Show wrapped up Sunday afternoon after four days of music, musicians, musical instruments and music industry professionals gathering to celebrate …music! Although on one level NAMM is a place for manufacturers to showcase their new wares to dealers, media and pro players around the world, on a deeper level it's a place full of people who once sat alone in their room with a musical instrument and a dream, staring into the grooves of a record or the lines of a fretboard looking for the answers.
Gibson's booth at NAMM was the location for all sorts of great musical highlights, including performances by Chris Isaak (good luck trying to fit into the Gibson room during that one), Doors legend Robby Krieger, The Peace Pirates and many more.
Visitors to the booth included signature artists Billy Morrison and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (whose new Firebird was on display), Everclear's Art Alexakis, Lisa Loeb, Jimmy Vivino and many more.
Players were able to get their hands on new models like the 2014 Les Paul Classic (with 50s-style pickups and a 15dB gain boost), Les Paul Signature, the Les Paul "Peace" with Min-ETune, '61 humbucker pickups and hemp-covered case, the Les Paul Traditional P90 with Bigsby, the Noel Gallagher-inspired Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "Union Jack" Sheraton, the Les Paul Supreme 3-Pickup and plenty more.
Saturday night also saw the live debut of new Black Label Society rhythm guitarist Dario Lorina, who will be jointing Zakk Wylde on his acoustic tour of Canada shortly but who received his baptism by fire onstage in full electric BLS mode and was a huge hit with the fans.
If you ever find yourself at a NAMM Show, come up and see Gibson - it's a rare chance to see literally hundreds of Gibson guitars all in one place waiting to be picked up and played (well, most of them - some care must be exercised around things like the Double Diamond series.)