Winter NAMM 2012 takes place near LA in Anaheim, California from 19-22 January 2012. Easily the most important event in the music-making industry calendar, the NAMM show brings together all of the major hardware and software manufacturers and a host of celebrities for an industry-only convention.
Alongside the most exciting and revolutionary new music-making products of 2012 from market leading exhibitors like Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Line 6, Peavey, Avid and many more, there will be an array of celebrity appearances and the usual helping of weird and wonderful sights and sounds from the basement.
As usual, MusicRadar will be reporting live from the show floor. We'll be bringing you up-to-the minute news, pictures and videos of the latest product announcements, star appearances and anything else that catches our eye.
Be sure to keep checking the site and follow MusicRadar on Twitter and Facebook where we'll be posting live updates, pictures and videos from the moment that the doors open on Thursday 19 January. In the meantime, here are some of the hottest rumours and what we know so far...
The story so far (updated daily):
A cryptic message on Nord's website says that "Soon the world will dance to the beat of a different drum", indicating that the company may have a new rhythmic product on the way.
The show will see the worldwide unveiling of the new Fret-King Black Label electric guitar and bass range – designed in cooperation with Trev Wilkinson – including select signature models for a number of big name players
Carlsbro is launching its new VAC series, consisting of three valve guitar combos and a separate head and cab
Line 6 is set to unveil "the most significant product announcements in the history of the company."
Martin Guitar is set to unveil 15 new instruments
See the video here!
The 2012 show will see Brian Wilson receive NAMM's Music For Life award for his musical achievements and support of music education. Last time the former Beach Boy showed up we witnessed a very special, intimate live performance.
Joe Bonamassa signature Cry Baby wah pedal for NAMM 2012
Find out more here
Fender is set to launch another beautiful recreation of a legendary artist's guitar
That's all we can say for now, but it's going to be very cool indeed!