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The Sounds of Music: ShopBot at NAMM 2022

By Jeanne Taylor, Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Once again, music enthusiasts, merchants, students, musicians and more, brought NAMM 2022 in Anaheim, CA to life. Throughout the 3 days of the event, historically hosted in January and just reinstated since the 2020 event, the energy and enthusiasm were palpable. The cacophony of sound inspiring!

Special guest performer, Mark Wood, charms the crowd at the ShopBot booth. Mark's company, Wood Violins, is currently making electric violins with the help of a ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC.  


While this year’s event was not as large as the NAMM 2020 event, we heard again and again that business is booming for manufacturers of musical instruments and accessories. The importance of moving manufacturing of products to the US and working with companies like ShopBot (designed, built, sold, and supported in Durham, NC USA) is more important than ever to shorten lead times for delivering products and get some control over supply chains. Companies who have been outsourcing their production work in the past have been turning to onsite rapid prototyping tools and affordable precision tools to get the job done efficiently and reliably.

Left: ShopBot Lead Fabricator, Tyler Clark, smiles for the camera from inside our tool enclosure. Right: Sample fretboards freshly cut while at the show.

Left: Chatting CNC possibilities with guests. Right: ShopBot CNC-made guitar bodies and fretboard samples.


A few of "my favorite things" from NAMM:


Harvey Leach Inlays & Guitars was recognized as a 50-year Milestone Award Recipient. I had the privilege of getting to meet Harvey at the NAMM 2020 event when he joined us at the ShopBot booth to talk about his inlay work and show some of it in-person. Not only is he talented beyond measure but he’s also a terrific human. Congrats Harvey! 


Mark Wood, one of the founding member of Trans Siberian Orchestra and owner/creator of Wood Violins shared his talents with the NAMM attendees from the ShopBot booth. Wow!! In 2021, Wood Violins acquired a ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC to produce their much sought-after electric violins. In addition to touring with his own band and evolving electric violin design, Mark has a foundation that promotes music education called Electrify Your Symphony that really ignites a spark for the creative leaders of tomorrow. Having the privilege of working with Mark and seeing him perform is exhilarating. He is a master at what he does and certainly draws a crowd! Thank you Mark for sharing your talents with so many!


• David Cohen of Equilibrium Guitars in Boston, MA stopped by the ShopBot Tools booth and shared some of their recent work made with the help of a ShopBot Buddy 48 PRSstandard. Check out their gorgeous, well-crafted, modern guitars on the EQ Guitars Instagram.


We’re looking forward to NAMM 2023 to be held in April back in Anaheim. If you’re already using a ShopBot to make anything for the music industry and want us to share your story, please get in touch!  

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