The People at NAMM Are Weirder Than Most of the Instruments

(Funny note: apparently said autograph signer was the guitarist of Whitesnake. About 20 minutes later, he and his entourage cut in front of me as I was about to enter the Gibson exhibit. A security guard recognizes the fella and said, "Hey man, I remember seeing Night Ranger not too long ago and you rocked!" to which he responded, "I'm in Whitesnake, sorry." Ouch!)

That leads us the highlight of the day: Playboy guitars. Hugh Hefner has been brilliant in branding Playboy, but to outsource his iconic logo to include guitars? Fucking genius! And of course, he's got the best spokes models in the business. After a full day of being almost entirely surrounded by dudes, an appearance from 2012 Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg was like finding a lake in the middle of the desert. With most (by most, I mean about 85 percent) of the women at the event being plus-sized, the pickings were slim when it came to eye candy. Men flocked to where she was signing, tongues waggling anxious to get a photo of the glowing goddess that they could use for the ol' spank bank.

Daniel Kohn
Jaclyn Swedeberg and lucky fan
Just for fun, I waited around for a bit and watched the line get as long as it did for any musician, but after a while I saw every horn dog take a photo with her (to her credit, she made small talk and took photos with every single one of the droolers, with a smile on her face), and by then, it was time to go.

By then, I think I'd seen it all. After all, where else can you go and see people who love music yet live in a time capsule while checking out amazing new gear and seeing people geek out about musicians who you never knew existed? As for tomorrow, with Nikki Sixx and Sheila E. scheduled to sign, I fully expect this freak show conga line to be even more entertaining.

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