NAMM 2021: The best guitar, pedal and amp releases this year

New year, new gear.

NAMM 2021: Most guitarists will know that January is a month typically reserved for gear launches. Guitar brands big and small would descend upon Anaheim, California to show off their new guitars, pedals, amps and accessories for the year at the Winter NAMM Show, but things are different this year.

Has NAMM 2021 been cancelled?

Yes. The physical show in Anaheim, California has been canned this year due to safety concerns with the pandemic still raging in the US.

NAMM has organised a virtual event, Believe In Music Week, to replace the traditional trade show. The event, which takes place from 18-22 January 2021, will host an interactive marketplace for brands to launch products. Believe In Music Week will also broadcast hours of professional educational content and artist performances on the companion site, BelieveInMusic.tv.

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Register for Believe In Music Week here.

So will there still be new gear launches this month (January 2021)?

Definitely. Brands big and small are still pumping out brand-new guitars, pedals and amps almost every day this month so far – you can find the best of them below.

This is a rolling list and will be updated regularly as new products get announced.

New electric and acoustic guitars for 2021

The new Fender Noventa range
Fender’s new Noventa range. Image: Fender

Fender and Squier

Gibson and Epiphone

EVH

Music Man

Ibanez

Martin Guitars

Jackson 

Gretsch

Reverend

  • The latest Six Gun model offers a brand-new pickup configuration: a humbucker in the bridge and two P-90s in the neck and middle positions.
  • Reverend has launched the new signature Gil Parris GPS, an S-type that’s packing some un-vintage electronics under the hood.

Faith Guitars

  • Faith Guitars has unveiled a new entry into its Blue Moon acoustic guitar range, the Venus Blue Moon, featuring mango-wood construction and a striking deep blue finish.

PRS Guitars

Taylor Guitars

Collings

  • Collings has introduced the 470 JL, its first electric collaboration with jazz guitarist Julian Lage. It’s a hollow-bodied, vintage-styled electric with overwound single coils fitted.

Dean

Vox

D’Angelico

  • D’Angelico’s 2021 reveal showed off three new electrics, one solid, one semi-hollow and one fully hollow, all with a variety of pickup options.

Kramer

New guitar amplifiers for 2021

Blackstar ID:Core V3
The Blackstar ID:Core V3 amps. Image: Blackstar

Fender

Blackstar

Vox

New guitar pedals for 2021

EHX Nano Metal Muff
Image: Electro-Harmonix

Ibanez

  • Ibanez has expanded its lineup of mini pedals with two new products: the PHMINI and BTMINI, a phaser and booster respectively.

Electro-Harmonix

  • The Nano Metal Muff is a scaled-down edition of one of the brand’s most popular high-gain distortion pedals.

Jackson Audio 

  • Jackson Audio’s FUZZ is a pedal that lets you swap out its circuitry with various daughterboards, as well as offering a three-band parametric EQ and an analogue octave circuit.

Pigtronix

  • Pigtronix introduced a trio of all-analogue micro pedals: the Space Rip, Constellator and Moon Pool. These are a synth pedal, bucket-brigade delay and modulation effect, respectively.

Way Huge 

New guitar accessories and recording equipment for 2021

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Audient id4 and id14 MkII
Image: Audient

Audient

Ernie Ball

Seymour Duncan

Rotosound

Vox

  • Vox has revived its headphone-based practice amplifier series in the form of the VGH range, offering a recreation of an AC30, a high-gain stack or a bass amplifier right on your head.

Boss

  • The BCB range gets a revamp for 2021, with three new sturdy pedalboards for rigs of all sizes.

D’Addario

  • D’Addario has revealed its new XS range of strings, which come with an “impossibly thin” coating for extra protection on the wound strings.
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