On May 21, 2005, master guitarist Leszek Cichonski and 1,201 guitarists played “Red House,” “Little Wing,” “Hey Joe,” and “Wild Thing” in Wroclaw, Poland’s Old Town Square as the highlight of the city’s third annual Thanks Jimi Festival. Cichonski and friends were hoping to wrestle the title of World’s Biggest Guitar Marathon away from Epiphone, who assembled 1,555 players back in 1997. The event was preceded by a two-month educational workshop via mass media and the Internet. Attempting to break the Guinness World Record was only part of the excitement, however, as the day long festival also featured performances by Tommy Emmanuel, the John “Broadway” Tucker Band, and many of Poland’s finest guitarists. Wroclaw city president Rafal Dutkiewicz even joined the fun at one point. (Visit www.cichonski.art.pl to see lots more photos from the event.)
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