Our time at Summer NAMM was well spent. Fender has sold Guild Guitars, and the reborn company is full of excitement and promise. Guild is an iconic American company and it's reassuring to see them back in charge of their own destiny.
Godin Guitars still insists on thinking "outside the box" and is continuing to expand their line of innovative guitars. If you're fascinated by the blend of MIDI, piezo, and standard pickups, you'll want to check out what Godin is doing.
Fishman introduced their game-changing "Fluence" pickups. Fluence pickups represent a 100% departure from traditional pickup technology. Expect the rest of the industry to watch very closely.
We were completely blown away by up and coming maker, Prestige Guitars of Vancouver, BC. Prestige builds instruments of incredible playability, beauty and quality...but at prices that are quite reasonable.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing we discovered was a tectonic shift in the attitude of the major manufacturers. But more on that later...