Lets face it, music is not only a business, but it’s also FUN! So its obvious that there may be a joke or two thrown into the mix at the NAMM show.
Strange enough, the biggest joke I found seemed to have been missed by most, and was pulled by one of the most conservative instrument companies on the planet, C.F Martin.
On the last day of NAMM, I strolled through a few booths on my way to the exit. I had pretty much had it by then. As I walked through the Martin booth on my way it out, it caught my eye….. What was that??? Where am I???
There sitting all the wall, all by itself was a beautiful acoustic… Gibson?? It had a headstock and fret markers like a Gibson Hummingbird, but the body looked like a J-200. Also, the pickguard looked like a mix of a Hummingbird and a J-200. And the headstock logo… It said “The Gib…..” no wait it said “The Martin”!
I just stood there in shock with my mouth open, saying to myself “, this has to be a joke!”
Since it was the last day, everyone was pretty much gone. After awhile I was able to find one of the Martin staff cleaning and putting a guitar in a case. So I went up to him and asked if I could ask a question, and he said sure. I pointed the direction of the guitar and asked: “That’s a joke, right?” . He looked up at me and started to snicker and said “Yes, about a 30-year-old joke.”
We both had a bit of a laugh and then he says to me: “Wait, I have to give you a pack for that!” So he went off and came back with a Martin bag full of all sorts of Martin goodies, including strings!
I have a feeling not many got the joke, but those that did were treated very well!