Another NAMM is in the books, and the 2022 edition was another exciting time of checking out the latest gear, fashion, style, the axes and the toys!
What was once an industry-only exhibition turned into a place the public wanted to access, especially when they found out about the artist appearances. This year’s theme was “Uniting the Music, Sound and Entertainment Technology Communities,” and they certainly delivered.
After almost two years on hiatus due to COVID concerns, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) returned to the Anaheim Convention Center with a smaller event than previous years.
With leading guitar brands Gibson and Fender opting out this year, it actually left room for some of the other brands to shine.
Brands like ESP/Takamine guitars made a strong showing on the upper level with a large display featuring hard rock icons James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.
The main hall hosted staples like Rickenbacker, plus a very arty ukulele section, which drew many visitors. People seemed to enjoy these as no matter how you play it, you feel like you’re on an island vacation. Ibanez, Eastman, Taylor, Ernie Ball, and Yamaha were on hand.
Acoustic brand Martin Guitars, known for their highest-quality craftsmanship, was also on site. The drum section was the loudest place to be with people trying out the latest drums and cymbals, and the audio visual/DJ section seems to grow every year.
For those not in the know, NAMM is a not-for-profit association and this annual event features live music venues, artists curated from submissions, industry awards, and more. There is something for everyone at NAMM, and despite the smaller footprint this year, it was another epic event.
It was great to be back at NAMM, and I’m looking forward to 2023!