Guitar made from bed and table covers – the Blackbird El Capitan

I met Joe Luttwak of Blackbird Guitars at his first winter NAMM in 2009.

That was the year of carbon fiber. Seams like everybody and his brother was introducing a carbon fiber guitar that year – Rainsong, Composite Acoustics, XOX and Blackbird, among others. Now Blackbird has gone “organic” with the introduction of a guitar made from Ekoa – a proprietary composite based on flax fibers.

Screen shot 2015-09-18 at 9.08.19 PMAfter a few years of prototyping Blackbird Guitars is excited to announce that their first guitar made of Ekoa, El Capitan, is finally available through dealers and the Blackbird custom shop. El Capitan is a world class instrument and the first made with Ekoa linen. To mark the occasion Balckbird has produced two launch videos for your enjoyment.

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In-Ear Monitors from 1964 Ears at NAMM 2015

1964 Ears introduces the Adel Series of In-Ear Monitors at the Pre-NAMM Artist Relations Gear Preview

These IEs are amazing. Of course I had to listen to the obligatory Steely Dan tracks that I’ve heard countless times in audio demos. But I have to say, I heard detail and subtleties in the mix of Hey Nineteen that I had not heard before. The air of the cymbals, sibilance in the vocals, and all this clarity at low and very comfortable volume. It really sounded like sitting in the session. You’ve got to try these.

On the video Chuck Reynolds explains the technology and philosophy of the new Adel Series, with CEO Vitaliy Belonozhko, in the background. These monitors sound amazing!

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iRig UA Review – Finally Some Respect For Android Using Guitar and Bass Players

Now available from IK Multimedia, the iRig UA is the first universal near-zero latency guitar interface for Android devices.

The Android guitar interface was introduced at Winter NAMM 2015 by IK Multimedia CEO, Enrico Iori. The event featured a stellar jam session with Adrian Crutchfield, Ryan Kilgore, Khristian Dentley, Donald Parker, Eric Parker, Glen Stewart, Clay Bogan and Devone Allison performing Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.


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Tronical Shows an Automatic Guitar Tuning Breakthrough at NAMM 2015

The Robot Guitar Refined

It took Chris Adams 10 years to perfect the lightweight and foolproof auto-tuning system on the revolutionary Gibson Robot Guitar. Aggravated by the never-ending tuning process, he devised a system that would automatically tune a guitar in no time flat. While he was at it, Adams developed the robotic technology that allows the Robot Guitar to switch effortlessly between multiple tunings, keep a guitar perfectly intonated, and even tells you when to change strings.

Watch Chris demo the system on this video and you’ll agree that this system really works. And the price, $329 msrp, makes it a real no brainer. And on top of all this – its a non-invasive and reversible retrofit that doesn’t add any weight to the guitar’s headstock.

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