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First Fishman Triple Play video from NAMM 2013


VGuitar Forums moderator, television producer, and guitar technology guru Elantric brings us the first video of the Fishman Triple Play from NAMM 2013.

In the first clip Benjamin Singer shows how the Triple Play clips on and off a guitar in a flash. Magnetic posts attached with thin adhesive keep the transmitter in place, while a clear plastic channel allows the pickup to slide firmly into place. Background accompaniment for both videos is provided by demonstrator extraordinaire, Burr Johnson (shown above).

Next Andy Lewis walks us through the main interface and some of the bundled software. Check out how easily one can split the fretboard into multiple instruments (2:10).

Will there be a bass version? “Absolutely!” Apparently Victor Wooten (at 3:45) really wants one (and we all really want him to have one, I’m sure), and founder Larry Fishman is a bass player. A floorboard unit with a 5-pin MIDI output is “on the roadmap” (4:50) but Andy did not want to discuss future products. Roland owners should not be holding their breath for 13-pin out (5:23). At 7:50 Andy discusses Fishman’s philosophy on the market and customer for MIDI guitar.

Andy Lewis on tracking accuracy; “A lot of traditional MIDI guitar products require extremely clean playing… to make this product have broad appeal we’ve worked very hard to make the product work with nearly any kind of guitar player. … It took a little extra work to make it work with different playing styles.”

David Mash presents The Macintosh for Guitarists at Macworld 2013


David Mash is the Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, & Technology for the Berklee College of Music. Who better  to present The Macintosh for Guitarists tech talk at his year’s Macworld iWorld.

David-Mash-Macworld-PresentationJudging from his slide deck, he gave a comprehensive overview of computer-centric guitar technology with particular emphasis on MIDI guitar interfaces, applications, setup, and usage.

Friend-of-the-site Braccio was at the presentation. He reports from the scene that Mr. Mash, who is a long time Roland Guitar Synth user, is “completely sold” on the accuracy and reliability of the Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller (FTP for short). “I saw David play a couple of times this week at MacWorld” said Braccio, ” and he used the Fishman each time with no issues.”

Also in attendance at the session was Robert Godin, founder of Godin Guitars. They introduced a new guitar last week at the NAMM show with an integrated FTP. Braccio reports that  Mr. Godin is also “completely sold on the Triple Play. Godin Guitars will be moving over to using the Fishman rolling out new models in April (nylon string) and May.”

Check out David Mash’s extensive web site at

Fishman at Macworld


Braccio, a regular at the VGuitarForums, reports from San Francisco that Fishman Transducers has a presence on the show floor at Macworld iWorld 2013. They are in booth 951. Godin Guitars is also displaying at Macworld for the first time. Coincidence?

This is a great move for Fishman. The technology press will be all over this. Hitching their MIDI wagon to the iPad, and being a first of its kind on the device is a fantastic strategy for lots of free press.

The Fishman Triple Play was also featured onstage during David Mash’s tech talk, The Macintosh for Guitarists. David is Senior VP for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee College of Music. A long time MIDI guitar devotee, David is excited about the Triple Play’s uses in transcription and education, according to Elantric who spoke with David at last week’s NAMM conference. Elantric, a long time moderator at VGuitarForums, predicts that most music students will soon own Triple Plays “as part of their 2014 curriculum. Rather like some schools now require iPads.”

Last year when I wrote this article, I was concerned about Fishman entering a product category that a huge company like Roland with all its resources could not seem to figure out how to take it to the masses. Today many of my fears for Fishman, and the future of MIDI guitar, are alleviated. Look for lots of tech, and general public, press about the Fishman Triple Play over the next week or so.

Dang, I wish I had gone to Macworld this year. I was there last year.

Gittler Guitar – Minimalism to the Max


Gittler-MIDI-OutGittler Instruments introduced the newly designed Gittler Guitar this year at the NAMM convention.

The Gittler is particularly interesting due to the hex pickups and a 13-pin output for connection to Roland guitar synth systems. The lack of a fretboard does make it look a bit challenging to play, but fear not. As the site explains:

You will only notice the lack of a fretboard in relation to the new freedom you have discovered by bending the strings downward as well as sideways, thus improving the tactile command of your pitch.

If you would like to put down a $1,000 deposit for one of the first 100 models, here is a link where you can do that very thing. Special thanks to Synthtopia for pointing out this unique instrument.

Fishman Reveals Software Bundle for Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller at NAMM 2013


Fishman Director of Marketing Chris DeMaria announced the bundled software that will ship “in the spring” with the Fishman Triple Play.

We have bundled it with some software from Native Instruments, Presonus, IK Multimedia, and Native Instruments. So we’re providing full versions of all those software components. So right out of the box consumers are going to be able to compose, perform and record like never before.

Chris wasn’t clear what these “full version components” consist of, and the box photo above is not much clearer. The screen shot on the back of the package does show advancement in design over previously shown software. Let’s hope this software bundle is worth the year-long delay it caused in shipping.

Many thanks to the good people at Harmony Central for the video clip.

Robert Godin introduces the Godin guitar with built in Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller


Many thanks to Sebo Xotta and Angelo Tordini who captured this footage of Robert Godin, founder of Godin Guitars, introducing a new guitar with a built in Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller.

This is the guitar. It’s the MIDI wireless. … You take a USB key. You go on your computer. … and the guitar talks to the USB key. No wires. No 13 pin. And it tracks like crazy.

Mr. Godin expects the guitar to cost “let’s say one thousand.”

Fishman Triple Play Packaged Product


Many thanks to Kevin White of Fishman showing us the first glimpse of a packaged Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller. This video is from the National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) convection in Anaheim CA 2013.

PreSonus Live from NAMM 2013


Presonus is doing exceptional coverage live from their NAMM 2013 booth. Live product presentations are mixed with giveaways, demo videos, and excellent performances. The video below is a scant 2 hours of the live content archived on at It’s all worth watching, but you can skip to the 53-minute mark to catch Victor Wooten, and to 1:08:00 for a set from L’angelus.

PreSonus will be mixing the performances and posting the MP3s for downloading after NAMM. Check back here in a few days for the links.

Can’t get enough? There’s three more hours of video after the break.

Top 10 changes to the Fishman Triple Play 2013


Here is a quick look at a few details that have changes since last years public showing of the Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller .

10. Longer connection cable

9. Different pickup posts


8. Revised logo

7. Slightly different volume knob

6. Fancy curvy brackets

5. Software finalized

4. Cool packaging

3. Cable connects to side of pickup

2. Big blobby thing on the pickup

And the number one change to the Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller from last year:

1. It will actually ship this year.


More Pics of the Fishman Triple Play


Here is the second batch of publicity photos of the Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller. These are not quite a sexy as the first batch, but they do show some important hardware details.


Mounting brackets for the transceiver and pickup.TriplePlay_Brackets

More pics after the break

First Pics of the Fishman Triple Play


Here is the first batch of publicity photos of the soon-to-ship Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller.

The wireless unit.TrilpePlayStraightNoCord10119
More cool pics after the break

Top 10 NAMM 2013 News Websites


Can’t make it to Anaheim this year for the National Association of Music Manufacturers winter product-fest? Yea, neither can I. No worries though. We can experience it vicariously through this top 10 list of NAMM news website links. Check back often as I continue to update this NAMM coverage list beyond 10 throughout the week.

icon-sonic-stateSonic State

SonicState provides excellent coverage of the music technology scene with an engaging podcast, an active website, and video previews and reviews.…



Nick Batt and the SonicState crew will be broadcasting show and product updates from the booth at 9:00 PST every day.…



Synthtopia is a portal site devoted to electronic music, cutting-edge gear, and the musicians that make “all types of electronic music, serious, popular, even seriously popular.” They feature several articles each day on synthesizer related music technology.…


icon-hcHarmony Central

Owned by Guitar Center, Harmony Central is an online source for music reviews, news, and discussion forums. Their forums are legendary with vast amounts of information and user reviews. Bookmark their YouTube channel for a diverse flow of information.



UPDATE: Look to Engadget for concise reporting on the most gagety items at NAMM. Check their summary page as they “fondle all the latest musical gadgets and attempt to make it through the week with our eardrums still intact.”


icon-radarMusic Radar

The fine folks across the pond at Future Publishing cover information on artists and music, special features, product news and reviews, music lessons and a musical social network service. They do quality industry coverage.


premium-guitarPremier Guitar

UPDATE: Premier Guitar is updating their rather active Facebook page from the show floor.



And speaking of Future Publishing, the FutureMusic YouTube channel is also one not to miss.…
More sites covering NAMM 2013…