There's no denying that this year's Summer NAMM show in Nashville was slow from a bass perspective. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why. Certainly, the continuing struggles in the economy have forced manufacturers to cut-back on trade-show expenditures, but there was also the devastating flood of a few months ago and the feeling from some manufacturers that in the internet age, Summer NAMM is becoming increasingly superfluous (there's already a huge show in the Winter in LA). Regardless, there was still some cool bass stuff to be seen--it just took a little extra effort.
Victor Wooten was all over the place, wowing attendees as usual. He's often seen at the summer show because he lives in Nashville. Here he is at a clinic enlisting the services of his son Adam.
Another Nashville resident, Adam Nitti, wowed the crowds at a Friday night concert.
Also appearing at the bass-heavy Friday night gig was our very own Bryan Beller. Here he is with his uber-talented vocalist wife, Kira Small.
Summer NAMM always features a lot of newcomers. I really dug these beauties from Erizias Basses.
Dig the custom bass strap from LM Products.
Another new-to-me boutique builder: Prat Basses. Pretty stuff.
Peterson debuted a new stompbox tuner that strobes like their old classic table-top.
Warrior showed off a couple of sweet new bolt-ons.
Access had some rugged new gig bags.
The Jam Hub is the very groovy device that allows a full-band to play together through headphones. Perfect for apartment dwellers.