7 strings at NAMM
I probably should have titled this "7 strings NOT at NAMM". There sure weren't many. I didn't make it by the Schecter or ESP booths, so maybe they had some that I missed, but the only 7 strings I saw were a couple at the Ibanez booth, one nice archtop at the Eastman booth, a very odd headless 7 string from Teufel in Germany, and the two of mine that I brought. It seems like we've become a very small cult.
A few other random notes about the show:
Conklin did have an 8 string. It was a hard tail with a 25.5 inch scale and no fanned frets. The added strings were a B and an F#.
Eddie K came by and said hello at the Dimarzio booth. It was really nice to hook up and put a face to the name.
I didn't see any XL's at the Ibanez booth. I asked a couple of the Hoshino folks about them and no one had any idea what I was talking about. Did anyone else hear any XL news at the show? It would be a real shame if such great guitars were discontinued.
I same Steve Vai signing autographs and the lineup was enormous. It was the same thing when I was there two years ago. Ironically, I saw him wandering around the show a couple times on his own and no one was paying any attention to him at all.
Anyone one else got anything to report?