Sonor 2020 New Releases

Sonor 2020 releases throw a great California Blue finish on their Vintage Series kit, as well as Signature Benny Greb snares! Check it out now!

Sabian 2020 New Releases

Fresh from NAMM and new for 2020: Sabian expands its three most popular lines, adding new models to the AAX, HHX, and FRX series.

Dream 2020 New Releases

New from NAMM Dream cymbals have the new and innovative discs you crave! The odd-sized Eclipse series features dual playing zones that you can see–and hear.

Meinl 2020 New Releases

Meinl is back! New two-finish models and custom series. Meinl expands the Byzance Dual Series with new, two-finish models for even more sonic potential. You asked, Meinl listened. The new, thinner Meinl Pure Alloy Custom Series is here!

A&F Drums 2020 New Releases

A&F Drum Co. introduces new products at NAMM 2020 including a new raw aluminum series, and a Teak/Maple line of drum kits.

Craviotto Drums 2020 New Releases

Craviotto released two new snares coming to us at the Chicago Music Exchange from NAMM 2020 including a Black Cherry Satin Ash Shell and a Walnut Satin shell snare with Walnut inlay

DW Drums 2020 New Releases

DW introduces tons of new products at NAMM 2020 including brass snares, drum kits with Rose Copper finishes and new exotic wood drum kit wraps.

Inside PRS Guitars Q&A with Paul Reed Smith

PRS Guitars began simply. Paul Reed Smith wanted to learn how to build guitars. He did, and he didn’t stop until they were in players’ hands all over the world. What started in a haunted Maryland garret grew to fill an Annapolis factory, and then a Stevensville facility, employing about 365 people, producing internationally-renowned instruments that are a fixture of the industry, and counting players from John Mayer and Alex Lifeson to Carlos Santana as members of the PRS family.

Best New Keys and Synths From NAMM 2020

From Korg, to Arturia, to Dave Smith and more, we're rounding up the best synths of NAMM 2020!

Vintage Vibes 1961 Fireglo Rickenbacker 330 Capri

Nathaniel is runnin’ down a Rick’ in this video starring our 1961 330 Capri. 1961 was the last year for colored pickguards, oven-style knobs, and thicker body depths, which, along with the toaster-style single-coil pickups with six individual Alnico magnets, make this Rickenbacker look and sound like a dream.

PRS Private Stock Malachite Custom 24

Personally specced by the suspiciously personable Joel Bauman, this PRS Private Stock Malachite Custom 24 approaches the unreal with a one-piece, European maple top Bauman hand-selected while at the PRS facility in Maryland, as well as a figured mahogany neck, C&C-routed trem block and control cavities, and, of course, birds to match.

Ibanez 2020 New Releases

Ibanez is ready for the new year with a massive rollout of new models across their catalog. There’s something for everyone in this flood of fresh designs, including new Signatures, AZ models, a limited RG j. Custom, and basses. It’s pure, unbridled energy page-to-page, so let’s get wild and dive in.

Fender Lead II & III

Reintroduced for 2020, Lead II's and III's provide the same affordability, durability, and alternative aesthetics that appeal to players both looking to reminisce on 90s nostalgia, or pick up their first guitar.

Fender Signature 2020 Guitars

Fender honors artists Jim Root, Eric Johnson, Tony Franklin, Jim Adkins, Tom Morello and Justin Meldal-Johnsen with a fresh crop of signature model guitars and basses spec'd to to the nines but priced for the masses.

Fender Parallel Universe Series II 2020 New Releases

Fender revamps its Parallel Universe Series with new models, twisting together existing shapes and appointments of models like the Stratocaster and Jazzmaster, into new combinations sure to pique the interest of players looking for a new twist on classic Fender.

Boss Pedals 2020 NAMM New Releases

BOSS is showing off two new amps at this year’s winter NAMM: the Katana Artist MKII & Acoustic Singer Live LT.

2020 NAMM New Effects Pedals

So many new effects pedals were released at Winter NAMM this year from Chase Bliss, Boss, Pigtronix and more!

Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster 2020 NAMM Release

After launching the Acoustasonic series with their debut model, the Acoustasonic Telecaster, Fender adds another legendary body shape to their Acoustasonic series. The Acoustasonic Stratocaster follows the same innovative, hollowbody design as the first, but in a familiar Stratocaster shape. The advanced acoustic engine, designed in collaboration with Fishman, is a seamless blend of traditional and progressive technologies and includes three separate pickup systems: the Fishman Matrix Narrow under-saddle transducer pickup, the Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer under-bridge pickup, and the Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless pickup.

Gretsch Guitars 2020 New Releases

Gretsch is expanding its product lines with plenty of new stuff this year, as well as old favorites and finishes rooted in the distinctive style that sets the brand apart.

Gibson Guitars 2020 New Releases

New for 2020 and refreshed for you at NAMM, the Gibson USA Standard collection is here, along with some signature Slash models! Check it out now!

EVH 2020 New NAMM Releases

It’s been a banner year for Eddie Van Halen. Well, one of many banner years. The EVH brand has been making waves with incredible, high-end replicas of the iconic guitars of the notorious shredder’s heyday, and they’re ready to capitalize on that momentum with more fun stuff from the Halen-verse.

Jackson 2020 New NAMM Releases

Jackson brought strength in numbers to winter NAMM 2020, unveiling the new X Series, Pro Series, and JS Series. The three new fully loaded lines present a fresh outlook for a new decade, updating the brand’s older designs to appeal to a modern audience with a taste for the hairy heyday of the 1980s.

Chase Bliss Audio Automatone MKII Preamp Pedal

Taking queues from Bensons Preamp pedal, and the Chase Bliss Audio Condor analog EQ/Pre/Filter with an added fuzz control, the Automatone Preamp MKII takes tone-shaping to the next level.

Chase Bliss Audio Blooper Pedal

An expansive, blank canvas for creative expression, the Blooper is an 8-track looper with three looping modes, two channels of modifiers and a lo-fi stability control for both practical and highly creative looping possibilities.

Taylor Guitars 2020 Releases

At NAMM 2020, the popular California brand unveiled new additions to the Builder’s Edition series, as well as the GS-MINI family. Taylor’s highest form of expression, the Builder’s Edition, is expanding to include four new models: the 816ce, 912ce, 652ce, and 324ce.

Vintage Vibes - 1946 Gibson ES-300N

Nathaniel leaves his big honker in the rearview mirror and tries out this more modest 1946 Gibson ES-300N. Big, beautiful, and brilliant, this top-of-the-line archtop is the perfect vehicle for a comfortable cruise to the Savoy and back.

Epiphone 2020 New Releases

Epiphone borrows classic Gibson body shapes to create a collection that blends iconic styles with the brand’s reputation for quality detailing and appointments. The Inspired by Gibson Collection features both Original series and Modern series lines, designed to cater to traditional and progressive players alike.

Gibson USA Slash Les Paul Core Collection

Available in four unique finishes over AAA-grade flame maple tops, the new Slash signature Les Paul Standards are based on Gibson's Original Collection ‘50s Les Paul Standards and come with Slash signature picks and strings, a Scully logo on the back of the headstock, and a Slash signature truss rod cover (with a blank in the case).

Earthquaker Devices Life Pedal V2 at Chicago Music Exchange

The holidays are over and we’ve brought something back with us: the Earthquaker Devices Life Pedal V2. No longer cloaked in secrecy, the Life Pedal V2 is the second distortion and boost with a blendable octave that EQD has engineered in collaboration with drone metal pioneers SUNN, housing it this time in an Earthquaker-style chassis with top-mounted controls. And you bet your life this will sell out in a flash, just like the first.

Acid Etched Chase Bliss Audio Mood Chicago Music Exchange Exclusive

The MOOD was one of the most celebrated pedals of 2019, and as a thank you from cme and the very generous folks at Chase Bliss, we're stoked to offer a finish that is just about as wild as the pedal itself.