The NAMM Show started today, and there have already been quite a few exciting announcements. One of the most interesting and notable to me is Paul Reed Smith’s introduction of their new line of acoustic guitars and amplifiers. While I’ve seen other artists with prototypes of the acoustic guitars, I was surprised by the announcement of the amplifiers.
The new amps and acoustics look to be made with the same attention to quality and detail that PRS gives to their electric guitars. To help introduce the new products, PRS has enlisted the help of some pretty big names. On the acoustics site, there are videos of Martin Simpson and Tony McManus playing the new acoustics. There are two different acoustic models: the Angelus and the Tonare Grand. It looks like the Angelus model is targeted towards fingerstyle players, and the Tonare Grand appears to be targeted towards flatpickers.
And, on the amplifier site, there is a video of Derek Trucks, which I’ve embedded below. Derek is going to use the PRS amps when he’s on the road with the Allman Brothers. Three different amp models have been introduced: the Blue Sierra, the Dallas, and the Original Sewell. Each of these amp models look great visually and, based on the Trucks video, sound great too.