3hree Things: On My Maiden Voyage To NAMM

3hree Things, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California, usually comes out every Tuesday. Today is an exception because of, well, NAMM.
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I've been in a band for almost fourteen years and have been aware of NAMM's existence for that long or longer. I've been what I would classify as a "mild-to-moderate level gear nerd" for about a decade. I've lived no more than a twenty minute drive from the Anaheim Convention Center for my entire life.

And I'd never been to NAMM.

Until this year.

What follows is a brief look at NAMM 2012 from a first timer's perspective.


1) Ho...

Setting foot in Guitar Center gives me anxiety. It's sensory overload. There's just too much going on...too many lights, too many sounds, too many people, too many horrible guitar tones, too many butchered Avenged Sevenfold, Blink 182 and Nickelback riffs, too many shitty drum solos, too many people that need to touch, hit, or play every piece of Latin percussion in the drum department, too many sales pitches, too many "trying to sell you something other than the thing you're specifically asking for" interactions with salespeople, too many leather pants and/or vests, too many feathered rock coifs, too many piercings, too many horrible tattoos, and too little space. 

NAMM was described by OC Weekly's own Andrew Youssef as "Guitar Center cranked up to eleven." I can't even handle Guitar Center on "standby" and can't really handle anything "cranked up to eleven," so the decision to skip NAMM every year has been an easy one to make.


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