Best of NAMM 2020

The Best of NAMM 2020

Here’s the music gear destined to make a huge impact this year


NAMM 2020 has just wrapped up and the show was full of big announcements for the music gear industry. We scoured the show floor and walked away the most impressed with the following 8 pieces of new music gear. Budget-conscious buyers will be especially happy to hear that many of our ‘Best of’ picks include music gear that is priced affordably yet still feature-rich. Read on for the Best of NAMM 2020.

Roland RD-88 Stage Piano

Roland’s RD-88 is a compact and lightweight stage piano with flagship-like features that happens to be priced quite affordably. We have a feeling this is going to quickly become a best seller. (Pre-order for $1,199)

Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute guitar

Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute
Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute model


Gibson announced a whole bunch of new guitars for 2020, but it’s the vintage-looking Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute model that got our attention the most. It will be available in two configurations of pickups. (Buy for $999)

D&B Audiotechnik KSL-Sub Subwoofer

KSL-Sub Subwoofer
KSL-Sub Subwoofer

The KSL-Sub Subwoofer utilizes D&B’s proprietary Soundscape technology. You can expect this subwoofer to help power a truly immersive concert (or house of worship) experience that is full of emotion.

Casio Grand Hybrid Piano GP-510

Casio Grand Hybrid Piano GP-510

The GP-510 is an updated and upgraded version of Casio’s popular GP-500 Grand Hybrid Piano that offers a more precise touch response, richer bass sound, improved clarity and tonal projection, and enhanced soft-pedaling.

Fender Parallel Universe II Collection

Fender Parallel Universe II collection 2020
Fender Parallel Universe II collection

Fender has upped the ante with their latest additions to their Parallel Universe II series. These latest editions haven’t just been revamped – they are simply stunning.

Akai MPC One

Akai MPC One
Akai MPC One

The Akai MPC (Music Production Center) One is an affordable alternative to the company’s popular MPC Live. It’s also the most compact standalone production tool that Akai currently offers. (Pre-order for $699)

IK Multimedia AXE I/O SOLO audio interface

IK Multimedia AXE I:O SOLO
IK Multimedia AXE I:O SOLO

The AXE I/O SOLO offers the same tone shaping and feature set as their AXE I/O but in a more compact and affordable 2-in / 3-out format. (Preorder for $249.99)

Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 6-channel professional DJ mixer

The DJM-V10 is Pioneer DJ’s impressive new flagship mixer that features six channels with a compressor on every channel, as well as new FX and filters, a new isolator three-band master EQ, and more. (Pre-order for $3,199)