Guitar Specialists Mercer Island WA

The all-new EG-2 ($450 street), which come in a white finish, features a 25.5"-scale neck, a double-cutaway body, a pair of single-coil pickups, and a built-in headphone amp with selectable distortion. Above it is the Escape MK-II ($449 street), which is designed for acoustic-electric players and sports an L.R.

Quality Pianos
(475) 957-4567
4215 136Th Pl Se
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Helmer'S Music
(425) 453-9010
823 Bellevue Way Ne
Bellevue, WA

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Northwest Guitars
(541) 756-4171
13107 Ne 20Th St Ste 3
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Full time dedicated Service and Parts department specializing in stringed instrument repair and customization. Open Monday thru Saturday during our normal store hours.
Hours
11:00am to 7:00pm Monday thru Friday
11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday
12:00noon to 5:00pm Sunday

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Donn Bennett Drum Shop
(425) 747-6145
13212 Ne 16Th St Ste 7
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Roberts Music Institue
(425) 614-4764
13417 Ne 20Th St
Bellevue, WA

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Sherman Clay Pianos
(425) 454-0633
1000 Bellevue Way Ne
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Washburn Piano Co
(425) 462-1888
10635 Ne 8Th St
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Northwest Pianos
(425) 241-8835
13310 Bel-Red Road
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Organs

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Mills Music
(425) 643-3100
13500 Bel Red Rd Ste 28
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Bellevue American Music
(425) 641-5005
14340 Ne 20Th St
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Guitar set up, light amp repair. On site consulting. Speaker replacement etc.
Hours
M-F 10 to 7
Sat 10 to 6
Sun 11 to 6

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Art Thompson's PIcks from Summer NAMM 2010

NAMM 2

 Blackstar HT-Blackfire

Co-developed by Gus G, who is currently tearing it up with Ozzy Osbourne, the HT-Blackfire is a two channel, tube-powered distortion pedal aimed at metal players. Its Fire channel delivers a more classic high-gain classic distortion sound, while the Fury channel heads to the metal zone with ridiculous amounts of gain. That said, the pedal is very dynamically responsive and could be used for any style of music where a wide range of distortion textures are needed. The pedal has a durable finish that feel a bit like suede leather, along with an ISF control, Gain and Volume controls for each channel, and speaker emulation on the output.
For more information visit http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/products/ht/htblackfire.html

NAMM 4

Jack Deville Buzzmaster
Described as the "world's quietest high-gain fuzz pedal" the Buzzmaster ($250 direct) uses germanium transistors to deliver fuzz textures with enough gain range for anything from blues to metal. The tones I heard from the demo covered the spectrum from sweet and sustaining to massively buzzed, and the pedal is surprisingly quiet too, courtesy of Deville's Click-Less bypass circuit (available separately for user installation into other pedals), which provides relay-driven, noise-free switching.
For more information visit http://www.jackdeville.com/

NAMM 5

 Traveler Escape EG-2
The all-new EG-2 ($450 street), which come in a white finish, features a 25.5"-scale neck, a double-cutaway body, a pair of single-coil pickups, and a built-in headphone amp with selectable distortion. Above it is the Escape MK-II ($449 street), which is designed for acoustic-electric players and sports an L.R. Baggs Custom Element hybrid pickup. Both instruments are very compact, but they have the playing feel of standard instruments because of their full-sized necks.
For more information visit travelerguitar.com

NAMM 6

 

Taylor GS Mini
Though designed to be compact and portable, the GS Mini ($678 retail) delivers a surprisingly big sound and has the playing feel of a larger guitar. Specs include a solid Sitka spruce top, African sapele laminated back and sides, and a 23.5"-scale ebony fretboard. Tuned to standard pitch, the GS provides excellent playability and is the perfect thing to take to the beach or on camping trips. And if you want to go electric, Taylor offers the optional ES-Go plug-in soundhole pickup for the GS Mini, which features quick, snap-in installation and comes with a pre-wired endpin jack that's super easy to install. Also available: the new V-Cable (made by Rapco-Horizon), which puts a built-in volume control right at your fingertips and can be switched off for noiseless unplugging.
For more information visit taylorguitars.com

 

NAMM 7

J. Backlund Design
Some of the spaciest looking guitars at Summer NAMM were these beauties by J. Backlund, which are available in four different styles and a variety of pickup options. The build quality and finishing of these instruments look to be t...

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