NAMM 09 day two: highlights from the show floor

Brian Wilson play's The Beach Boys' California Girls: a definite highlight
Brian Wilson play's The Beach Boys' California Girls: a definite highlight

If you thought day one's show floor highlights were all-encompassing, wait till you see day two's selection of amazing gear and rockstar encounters…

Day two...

VIDEO: Paul Gilbert's new Ibanez Fireman and PGM signature models
The super-nice guitarist talked through these in person before taking the stage

Pearl Demon Drive pedal, DW Eco X drumkit, Roland TD4 and Meinl's latest cymbals
Rhythm magazine took and whirlwind tour around Drumville for these top picks

Waves Signature plug-in series
The Tony Maserati Collection, the ACG guitar plug-in and the Live division

Marshall MG4, Mesa Boogie Mark V and Electradyne, Bogner Goldfinger and AttiTube G20
Guitarist magazine gushes over this impressive array of amplifiers

VIDEO: More love for AmpliTude Fender
Our guys took the '57 Deluxe, '65 Twin Reverb and Super Sonic setting for a test drive

Tama Starclassic LU kit in magnetic orange finish
The LU stands for Lars Ulrich and this is one cool-looking set-up

VIDEO: Mapex Meridian Birch kit
A brand new range demoed by none-other than Greg Bissonette. Yes, he survived Spinal Tap!

Arturia Minimoog V
A software update might sound boring, but we guarantee the new Sound Map feature will blow you away

Gibson Custom Inspired By models and 50th Anniversary '59 Les Paul
A Robby Krieger SG, Jeff Beck Les Paul and Jimmy Page's Les Paul head!

Marshall MG Series and Guthrie Govan signature Suhr guitar
Guitar Techniques magazine talks classic rock

From the basement…

A opera-singing keyboard

Brian Wilson plays California Girls (WARNING: you will wish you were there)

Skipping school for NAMM

Slayer's Kerry King in the toilet

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).