With the start of the year comes the start of a crazy month of gear announcements, unveiling, and buying/selling. Winter NAMM 2020 promises to be just as big, if not bigger, than last years behind plenty of exciting news. Let’s take a look at 6 of the guitars that caught my eye and will definitely be featured on this site in the months to come…
Fano Omnis GF6 – learn more here!
Fano has gotten into the affordable guitar game with their new under-$1000 line of Omnis series. The best of the bunch has got to be this GF6 offset semi-hollow (maybe hollow??) guitar that draws on the classic Fender Starcaster design. It looks like these guitars are going to sport Alder bodies, satin-finished Maple necks, and Pau Ferro fretboards. Plus, they’ll feature the same pickups as the USA-made Standard series!
Fender Player Lead III – learn more here!
Allegedly leaked by a Reverb seller and first reported by Gearnews.com, this new Fender Player Lead III looks absolutely nuts. Purple Metallic finish, dual humbuckers, and two switches that could be a 3-way and coil split?? I have to try this guitar, it just seems like it’s going to be killer.
Framus Devin Townshend D-Series Stormbender – check out more from Framus!
A new signature model from Framus and Devin Townshend, this Stormbender also a lot more wallet friendly than many of their other guitars. This set neck beauty boasts 22 frets that meet a Mahogany body where two Fishman Fluence Devin Townshend signature pickups grace your eyes. Throw in an Evertune bridge and Graphtech locking tuners and you’ve got one sweet, modern metal ready six string.
Supro Clermont – more info from Supro here!
Supro has had my attention all year (even if I haven’t gotten theirs yet) but this guitar takes it to another level. A semi-hollow that features a Bigsby, two Gold Foil minihumbuckers, all in a 335-sized package sounds great to me. The unique body and headstock design paired with the minihumbuckers makes this guitar quite the looker, and I have to imagine it has a totally unique tone to match. I need to play this one in 2020 for sure.
All three of Reverend’s new Contender models are awesome, but take a look at the ones on the left, the RB models. Their new Retroblast minihumbuckers are probably going to the next in a long line of beloved pickups. All that and a vibrato arm?? These cool, offset derivatives also feature the fantastic Bass Contour knob, a truly unique tone shaping option. We’ll hopefully have these and a few other Reverends reviewed in 2020!
Manson Meta Series MBC-1 – check here for more on the iconic guitar makers!
Now under the leadership of longtime endorsee, past partner, and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, Manson finally has offered some more budget friendly options. The new MCB-1 guitars are made by Cort but bear the iconic Manson label as well as Bellamy’s signature on the headstock. New Manson-designed humbuckers will be set in to Basswood body, which will also have a kill switch. Satin Black and Starlight Silver finishes give the guitar a gloomy appearance, perfect for churning out Muse’s dystopian futuristic guitar riffs.