The NAMM 2013 Great Gretschaway Swagfest!
Joe “Whatever It Takes” Carducci is famous for his generosity. In online events past, there have been literally hundreds of giveaway items for trivia answers, drawings, or just on general principle. At Roundups, you have to duck to keep from getting hit by prizes.
We know that it can take months to get prizes delivered. This has to do with the logistics of tracking who won what, getting addresses, formatting them to be printed, then packing and printing and shipping. Sometimes it’s taken a village of people who are already too busy to get the job done. We apologize for that; we don’t promise we’ll do better this time.
It’s just that we get into the spirit of the thing, and swagging away seems like the right thing to do - and then we’re in over our heads. But y’all like it: you like the competition, and the winning, and watching Geoff Vane make a spectacle of himself. You wouldn’t want to miss all that, would you?
Alright then. So here we go again. But I gotta tell you: Joe is outdoing himself in gifting enthusiasm this time. Your ghasts are all going to be flabbered. Wait’ll I tell you!
In honor of Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary, here’s what we have for you from WinterNAMM 2013:
• not one or two or ten, but twenty (20) - 130th Anniversary Custom Shop Man Purses
• 20 - (twenty) brand new DuoJet T-shirts
• 6 - (I say six) button-up DuoJet Players’ Club work shirts (and I want one badly)
But wait - that’s not all!
• How about a new Center Block PANTHER in your choice of color (as long as it’s black or white)?
• And why not follow that up with a new 6128T-DCM Dark Cherry Metallic doublecut Duo Jet?
Can you say “how can I win, huh, how can I win?”
(This is about where I remind you that if you do win, you can’t get all rabid about when you’ll get your win. Some of these products are not in stock for shipping - but just know that our crack team of logisticians and fulfillment professionals [you know, Joe and I] won’t forget you. You’ll be the first to get the product when it’s available.)
How can you win? The usual mix of trivia questions and challenges, and probably a drawing from pools of correct answers for the Big Prizes.
The Swagfest will all happen right here in this update thread - and will start around 10 AM Pacific Time tomorrow morning.
1/25/13, 10:23 AM PT: And we’re off! Challenges will appear in the sidebar. First right (or closest, at judges’ discretion) answer wins. Contests will be administered and updated periodically, though haphazardly.
1/26/13 12:00 AM PT: I had intended to run questions at a reasonably regular rate all day, but my NAMMday got away from me (as happens) - and I couldn’t get on Fender’s WiFi at the booth to do updates.
Now that I’m ready to do some adjudicatin’ and postin’, I’m having technical (or procedural) problems finding and adjudicating answers and starting more questions.
I’m waiting for support from Bax, and since it’s mighty late (especially east of here), it will probably come in the morning. My apologies for the logistical snafus. When we get it working, questions will have to fly fast and furious over the next two days. We got to move these refrigerators! We got to move these colored guitars…
1/26/13 10:13 AM PT: Giveaway admin snafu is fixed, yesterday’s results are listed, and a new challenge is up. More coming throughout the day, I PROmise. Good luck to all!
1/26/13 3:00 PM PT: The win-a-Panther contest is up, and will run till at least 11 PM PT tonight. Winner will be drawn from pool of correct answers.
1/26/13 9:16 PM PT: I could run more challenges tonight, but it’s pretty late on the east coast of the US. What do you guys think? Run’em, or save’m till tomorrow?
1/26/13 11:20 PM PT: And we have a winner for Center Block Falcon: ForwardLook77. Congratulations! I’ll put a few challenges up for the overnight, and be back on duty around 8 AM Pacific Time.
1/27/13 10:16 AM PT: New giveaway challenges will come up over the next couple hours, and - I hope - at least a couple between noon and 6 PM Pacific Time. At that point, the show will be over and I won’t have more content to gather. That will let me finish up most of the giveaways later tonight. The Dark Cherry Metallic Double Jet contest will start around noon, with closing time to be announced.
1/27/13 4:40 PM PT: Actually, the Dark Cherry Double Jet contest didn’t start around noon (I have good excuses). NAMM is officially ending in 20 minutes or so - but on the GDP, NAMM goes on till the content is up and the prizes awarded. After the show, here’s what happens. I get back to the hotel as quickly as possible, eat some füds, then settle down to finish up coverage and get serious about regularly scheduled giveaways. We still have the Dark Cherry Metallic Double Jet, the NAMMtop, and more man purses and Jet shirts - as well as a sizable wad of new Get-a-Brain stickers from Tavo.
And other surprises are possible.
No other distractions tonight: updates and prizes, that’s it. Can you hang with that?
1/27/13 8:15 PM PT: The evening’s (or long night’s) prizifyin’ starts now - with some new prizes:
• 6 - Billy Duffy Falcon keepsake brochures. This is a classy 16-page piece booklet, 5.5x11”, saddle-stitched, with the highest production quality on heavy stock (and that great smell of new ink). It’s stuffed with historical and current images of Billy and his Falcons, accompanied by quotes and an overview of his career.
• 30 - just-issued “Get-a-Brain” stickers from the feverish design studio of Nocturne Brain Galactic Headquarters.
• 1 - 2013 Fred Gretsch Co. pocket calendar, in gray-green leathette with a contrasting brown diamond applique. I get one a pocket calendar from Fred every year - and to the extent I’m organized, it’s his doing.
• 1 - Calico, The Band 4-song EP. The Calico ladies passed it along to the GDP with their compliments. One of you should have it.
1/27/13 11:00 PM PT: I have no responses to a challenge that’s been up for almost an hour, and learn via email that guys are having trouble posting answers.
Under that condition, it would be frustrating to start the Jet contest tonight. We’ll start it tomorrow morning (mid-morning on the right coast), and give everyone on every continent plenty of time to answer a drawing-format challenge.
Meantime, I’ll wake up Bax and have him kick the database.
1/29/13 4:20 PM Eastern Time: I have many entries to win the Dark Cherry doublecut Jet, but there’s room on the internet for more. I’ll accept further entries till 10:00 PM Eastern Time, then do the drawing. (And I’m getting great response to “who belongs on Mt Gretschmore!)View all comments