NAMM 2017: 2016 was a divisive year, to say the least. The pressure's on, then, for 2017's annual Winter NAMM Show to enliven and enrich our lives like never before.
Held every year in Anaheim, California, this trade-only event sees the world's biggest (and smallest) developers and manufacturers gathering together to show off their latest products for guitarists, hi-tech musicians, drummers, DJs and many others.
We'll have to wait until 19 January to find out exactly what these companies have in store for us, but as ever, our appetite will be whetted up until then with teasers, rumours, previews and - whoops - the odd leak or two.
To ensure you don't miss out on anything the pre-show hype machine churns out, we'll be updating this page with all the news (confirmed or otherwise) that comes in, as well as posting our own predictions.
So, if you want to know what will/might/possibly won't happen at NAMM 2017, keep it right here…
- Revived amp brand Supro has relaunched its guitar line with a whopping 14 new electrics
- Fender has already dropped all the info on its American Professional line, but we can expect to see its Custom Shop model for The Band's Robbie Robertson on show, and possibly even a Ryan Adams signature model. Then, of course, there's that Bluetooth amp we've been hearing about…
- Speaking of Fender, Squier has announced some ridiculously affordable Offsets of its own, including a Mustang for £120
- Oh, and Fender Custom Shop has also unveiled its Old Ironsides amps, featuring wood from the USS Constitution
- After making market-leading power supplies for decades, Voodoo Lab has entered the pedalboard market with the Dingbat Series
- Vox has released its first amp with Nutube technology, the MV50, plus White Bronco AC models and new amPlugs
- Jackson has had an incredible run of signings of late, so we're eager to see its new models for Marty Friedman, Gus G and Slipknot's Mick Thomson
- PRS has already unveiled a complete revamp of its SE line, as well as a trio of new Core models and the S2 Vela Satin, not to mention the all-new Sonzera amp range
- Guild has been busy, launching new S-200 T-Bird ST models, plus four new acoustics
- Epiphone will likely be showing off a blinding run of releases at the tail-end of 2017, including the Joe Bonamassa Firebird, Brendon Small 'Snow Falcon' Flying V and Korina V and Explorers. Will there be more?
- DigiTech/DOD has been very busy: there are teasers shots of three new pedals up on its Instagram page - and we hear there are even more to come…
- Pedaltrain is bringing out Spark, a new power suppy with isolated outputs, and it's designed to fit under even its smallest 'boards - oh, and it's bringing new hardcase wheels, too
- Schecter has already splurged its complete line-up for 2017, and it's as varied as ever
- UK brand Shergold Guitars is back with the Masquerader
- Morley has collaborated with DJ Ashba on the Skeleton Wah
- That super-secret new company and product is out of the bag: the HeadRush Pedalboard multi-effects pedal comes from the team behind Avid's Eleven DSP and it's packing some serious features
- Other than the return of the Way Huge Camel Toe, Dunlop has been suspiciously quiet recently - could we expect something big?
- Mooer is officially releasing Devin Townsend's signature Ocean Machine delay/reverb, as well as 10 preamp mini pedals
- There's lots coming from the Cort camp this year, including redesigned G series, acoustics, collaborations and this player-friendly NDX Baritone electro-acoustic
- Last year, IK Multimedia unveiled the iRig Acoustic, but for 2017, it will introduce technology that takes acoustic guitar players a "major step further" - intriguing…
- Catalinbread reckons its Formula No. 55 pedal 'will turn your amp into a 100-watt Tweed Deluxe'
- Mad Professor will be touting its Twimble overdrive and Big Tweedy Drive pedals
- Neunaber is promising consistent amp tone from your pedalboard with its Iconoclast Speaker Emulator pedal
- G7th has unveiled the world's lightest guitar capo, the UltraLight
- TC Electronic must be exhausted after launching 13 new pedals back in October, but the great Danes are bound to bring something else to the show
- ESP/LTD has revealed a raft of new guitars and basses already, including signature models for Mastodon man Bill Kelliher and Rancid's Lars Frederiksen…
- Blackstar's only just updated its ever-popular ID:Core line to V2 specs, but we're expecting more amps on the way
- Zakk's Bullseye is back, as Wylde Audio launches the Odin Grail Genesis
- Ernie Ball has already revealed new looks for most of its existing models, but will there be new guitars on show?
- Gretsch has just introduced a Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet and a trio of limited-edition Falcon and Penguin guitars, but we'd expect a few more - new affordable Streamliner models, perhaps?
- Martin has revealed its unbelievable 2 Millionth Guitar (which boasts a built-in watch) and £127k D-200 Deluxe acoustics plus 7 high-end acoustic guitars, including Dwight Yoakam and John Prine signature models, and has plans to expand its 16 Series line with three new Fishman-equipped electros, but you just know there will be more…
- The Gibson Acoustic range is already out there, and the Mark Knopfler Les Paul will no doubt be on show, and now Gibson has finally announced its electric line-up for 2017, including the super-affordable new S Series. We've still yet to see anything official about its mysterious all-new solidbody design, however…
- We know that Akai has something up its sleeve - or behind its special 'artist access only' door to be more precise. All will be revealed at the show, or possibly even beforehand… [UPDATE: Akai has announced the MPC X and MPC Live, both of which can operate standalone]
- Korg delivered loads of new products in the run up to Christmas, so is there anything left for NAMM? We've heard nothing, but the company has surprised us before. [UPDATE: Korg has announced a full-sized ARP Odyssey, new finishes for three of its synths, and a Mac version of its Gadget app]
- Roland has already announced new audio interfaces, keyboards and a mini iOS mixer in 2017, but these products were all bound for CES in Las Vegas. Here's hoping that some synthy stuff will be on the plane to Anaheim.
- The majority of software developers tend to have a limited presence at the NAMM Show these days, but we hear that at least one full DAW update could be in the offing. [UPDATE: the modulation-centric Bitwig Studio 2 will be on display]
- Antelope Audio is promising to release a new audio interface that features "disruptive technology" in the professional recording market. [UPDATE: it's the Orion32 HD]
- It's been a year since Teenage Engineering first previewed its OP-Z synth, so maybe a proper unveiling at NAMM 2017 could be on the cards?
- Eventide will be telling us more about its new Structural Effects technology and new PitchFuzz algorithm for the H9.
- Denon will be aiming to disrupt the DJ market with itsSC5000 Prime media player, VL12 turntable, X1800 mixer and Engine Prime software.
- Did someone say 'new Stylophone'?
- We'll be all ears when we checl out the third generation of Adam's S series monitors.
- Acon Digital is set to release version 7 of Acoustica Premium Edition, its cross-platform audio editing, mastering and restoration software.
- Percussa will be showing a modular synthesis platform with a difference.
- Elektron has "something new" to show everyone... but what?