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NAMM 2016 – Guitars of Interest

Here are some guitar highlights from NAMM 2016. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage off all the NAMM happenings please check out news sites like MusicRadar.

We posted these guitars to our facebook page over the last week and it was interesting to see which guitars received the most interest and engagement. The order below is from most interest to least according to our facebook stats.

1 – Squier – Ryan Jarman model – There was no “official” info on this guitar but a lucky instagram user got a look.


2 – Ibanez Talman line – new finishes and configurations

3 – Ibanez NDM4 – Noodles Signature updates

4 – Earnie Ball Music Man St. Vincent model

5 – Reverend Billy Corgan Signature

New DiMarzio Artist Series Pickups for 2009

DiMarzio has released the following new artist pickups for 2009.

  • Billy Corgan – BC-1 & BC-2 (signature strat)
  • Andy Timmons – AT-1 (signature ibanez)
  • Steve Morse – reintroduced Steve Morse neck & bridge pickups

The BC-1 is based on the Air Norton S and the BC-2 is based on the Tone Zone S. Each of which had the frequency response lowered to get the sound Billy Corgan was going for in his new signature strat.

DiMarzio BC-1
DiMarzio BC-1

Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster now on Fender.com

The Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster that we started talking about back in January is now on Fender.com as part of their Artist Series. [url]  We’re assuming this guitar will get the grand unveiling at the upcoming Summer NAMM that is coming up June 20-22 in Nashville.

Not a whole lot of surprises up to this point.  The most interesting specs are as follows:

  • colors: (805) Olympic White and (806) Flat Black (satin nitro)
  • jumbo frets on Modern “C” Shape neck with large ’70s style headstock (satin poly)
  • 1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
  • 1 Dimarzio® Chopper™ Pickup (Middle)
  • 1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
  • original body shape (?? not sure how it differs from standard stratocaster)

The pickup switching has some non-standard settings that benefit from the single-spaced Dimarzio humbuckers.

  • Position 1. Full Humbucking Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Inside Coil of Bridge Pickup and Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
  • Position 3. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
  • Position 4. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup and Outside Coil of Neck Pickup
  • Position 5. Full Humbucking Neck Pickup

Update: Interstate music is showing a list price of 1999.99 for this new strat.  Which would mean a retail price around 1449.99.  What are your opinions on this price point?

Update 2: Sam Ash is showing a list price of 1599.99 with a retail of 1199.99.