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The long awaited NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) rocks into town next week, kicking off on January 14 in the Anaheim Convention Centre.

Founded in 1901, the NAMM show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world. With nearly 1,500 exhibitors and 88,000 attendees in 2010 this year’s extravaganza is expected to be even bigger. And what makes these figures even more overwhelming, the show is not open to members of the general public, and accepts only invited guests and members of the music trade.

There has been much excitement building around the introduction of two new guitars for sale, Metallica signature guitars at NAMM 2011, namely the James Hetfield Snakebyte and Kirk Hammett Signature Series.

The James Hetfield Snakebyte is a brand new body style for ESP and LTD in 2011. It has a set-neck construction at 24.75’’ scale, with a mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ frets.

The Snakebyte comes with a whole host of high-end components, including Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, a Tonepros locking bridge / tailpiece, and EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups.

The James Hetfield Snakebite is available in both the ESP and LTD versions, and are available in two finishes: either Black or Snow white, with a pearloid snake inlay on the fingerboard.

The Kirk Hammett Signature Series model is to be introduced as both an ESP KH-2 SE and LTD KH-SE, with both being special edition guitars limited to just 100 and 300 pieces worldwide respectively.

Highlighted by a stunning Metallic Greenburst finish, the ESP KH-2 SE offers neck-thru-body construction, a 25.5” scale, an alder body, and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets (with frets 17-24 scalloped), and green pearloid skull inlays.

Other high-performance features include Gotoh tuners, EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups, and an original Floyd Rose bridge. The LTD KH-SE has a bolt-on maple neck, a basswood body, ESP tuners and pickups, and a Floyd Rose Special bridge.

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Legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton is bidding farewell to some of his trusty old Fenders in a charity auction scheduled for late January.

Bidders will be able to choose between a collection of over 70 instruments including a guitar that he played in the 2005 Cream reunion shows in London and New York.

Musical instruments from famous manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Martin, Marshall and Music Man will feature and the starting bids are only £190. Don’t expect to win much at the amount though as one Fender Stratocaster is expected to fetch around £19,000.

‘The instruments are a part of his history but most are affordable,’ said a spokesman for Bonhams.

Bonhams in Bond Street, London, will manage the auction from 23rd to 26th January 2011 and proceeds will go to The Crossroads Centre, an Antiguan rehabilitation clinic that was founded by the musician.