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2012 Fender Showcase at NAMM: Day 3

The weekend brought even more excitement to the 2012 Fender Showcase at NAMM, as a ton of artists stopped by the Anaheim Convention Center.

Here are the highlights from Saturday:

- Radical Classical held the rapt attention of a crowd in the acoustic showroom with her incredible stylings on Fender Classical Acoustic guitars.  She blew through both instrumental pieces and those with vocals as her fingers blurred up and down her guitar’s neck.

- Fender signature artist Duff McKagan signed copies of his new book, It’s So Easy.  Who else other than the gregarious Duff would come out from behind the autograph table to interact up close with his fans?  Duff stood in front of it the entire time.

- In addition to Duff, there was a lot of bassist buzz on the show floor, as both Rancid’s Matt Freeman and Green Day’s Mike Dirnt checked out their signature Squier models. Freeman even plugged in to a new Bassman Pro Series amp for a quick demo in the bass booth. Dirnt, who gave early and much needed feedback to Fender about the Bassman Pro Series, was also thrilled to watch and see the reaction from other bassists testing out the amp.

- Back in our “Green Room,” Dirnt also plugged in a Fender Strat to see what the new Greta Pawn Shop Special Greta and Excelsior amps could do. He promptly ordered one of each – the Greta is headed to his home office while the Excelsior was tagged for the Green Day studio in Oakland, Cali., where the band is preparing to start recording their next studio album.

- Shredder John 5 ventured through the crowd and examined a few different models of guitars, including his signature model.

- Slipknot and Ston Sour guitarist Jim Root returned for a second day at the NAMM show, standing for quite a bit by the Squier showcase, where his new  Squier signature Telecaster was on display.

- Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden seemed interested in one of the new Johnny Marr Jaguars, picking one up off the wall to get a closer look. He and his brother Benji both toured the Fender Showcase.

- Young guitarist Carson Brock opened a lot of eyes as he got big sound out of his Stratocaster while putting in a 15-minute set on Saturday afternoon.

- Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith took a lap around the Fender Showcase with CEO Larry Thomas. Thomas was interested to hear Smith’s feedback on the new Fender Select model, before heading over to the Jackson booth to check out Smith’s signature model.

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