Female Guitarist Shredmistress Rynata at various NAMM Shows
I always have a great time at NAMM even though.. after a while it’s equipment overload and I feel drained after having been subjected to super sonic sounds and noises for 4 days straight. Every year there is more gear, especially in the guitar market. Below are just a few impressions.
Demoing the Inferno Guitar at the Minarik Guitar booth. I endorse the Minarik Inferno Guitar and own two of those guitars. They are quite the show stopper. Minarik makes some innovative guitars. Mark Minarik, designer of the company, has an impeccable eye for style and functionality. Bill MInarik and his son Mark have been supporters of women musicians for a long time and have helped one notable female guitarist quite nicely along the way. Much appreciated!
Brubaker Guitars is a cool company with some nice guitars. The guys at Brubaker Guitars decided that "green" was my color with the hair-do and all. Hence the green guitar. Personally, I like the chunks of blue hair with the poster background. Very styling. BTW: cool guitars! I checked them out.
Playing some tasty jazz stuff on this cool D’Aquisto Guitar at the Aria USA booth. Photo by Jim Steinfeldt. I sat down at Aria USA and played some of their jazz guitars under the brand name D’Aquisto. Lovely Guitars. Jim Steinfeldt, a photographer friend of mine, caught me there and took this cool pix.
Some more massive shredding took place at the Floyd Rose booth. I was hooked on a guitar resembling a small Flying V with a killer sound. Guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Color happened to walk by and hung out for the jam and picture. Very nice guy, btw.
Switch Guitars featured a line of interesting guitars. What caught my eye was the Revolution X101 guitar which at first glance closely resembled the Burns Flyte I own. But it’s a different animal. All their guitars are made out of "Vibracell" a patented material. There’s no wood here. And the designs are cool. Met female guitarist and singer Jennifer Corday there and we posed with the pink ladies. Those guitars ARE PINK!! I played some cool blues/funk stuff on the Revolution. Squeaky clean tones but I’m sure this thing can shred. It’s made for that. The feel and balance was nice.
Did some cool playing at the Scott Dixon Booth. They make really interesting cases for amps and guitars. Out of England, made according to military specs as Dave Scott was telling me. It took them 6 months to get permission from the english government to use this formula. The whole backline looked like it was out of Star Wars. Gleaming and shining in the lights. They are virtually indestructible but really light. At one point 2 or three sturdy guys stood on one of the guitar cases to demonstrate just HOW sturdy they are. I brought over the Minarik Inferno and jammed with Rikk Beatty (guitarist, a bassist and Jimmy Dodd a 5 year old drummer who brought down the house. They were watching the kid I just know it… Too cool.
World renown surf guitarist Dick Dale is endorsed by Minarik guitars and so is moi! Very cool to share the stage (or booth should I say) with such an amazing guitarist.
Great to meet actor Steven Segal at the Hilton while we both were attending an acoustic singer/songwriters showcase! Big music fan.
Folk legend Artie Traum and bassist Reggie Mars at the Hilton Ballroom. We didn’t have tickets to attend this event so Artie Traum kindly gave us two tix.
Female Guitarist Rynata playing the Minarik Inferno in front of some cute girls, with Mark Minarik looking on and handling sound matters.
Jazz great and legend Jimmy Stewart performed at the Hilton. Truly remarkable experience. Thanks for the chat Jimmy.