NAMM 2014: Five Unusual Finds on the Showroom Floor

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Andrew Youssef
If NAMM is a veritable candy store for musicians, this feral blogger spent the weekend looking for the black licorice--and I managed to find a few oddities on the convention floor.

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Brandon Ferguson
Specialty drum keys

These bad boys will give drummers, tired of being sequestered in the back of the stage, the opportunity to break free from the pack and become a fierce individual. Not really. But these drum keys, sold by Massachusetts-based Dojo Co. are fun. They come in an assortment of shapes including: pot leaves, skulls, hearts or your favorite state. Average cost for one of the standard designs is in the $17 range. Custom orders are possible as well.

Brandon Ferguson
Hand-painted beauties from Zvex
Zvex guitar pedals

This company employs three artists who painstakingly paint each one of their guitar pedals by hand. For those not interested in dropping a huge chunk of change, affordable pedals such as the Wooly Mammoth are available in a standard template. But custom orders are also possible--just expect to pay upwards of $1,000 for one of these beauties. Musicians such as Jack White have been known to use these pedals, but according to Zvex sales manager Andrew Richardson, White is also known to paint over them in mono color depending on his mood. Seems like putting a primer coat over the Mona Lisa if you ask me.

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