Unleash Your Star Power! Enter Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2011 Competition

March 30, 2011
<div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="GPGS_banner" src="http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/Events/GPGS_banner.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>SEE THE BIG SHOW!</h2> <p><a href="https://reg2.showreg.net/WebReg/NAMS1107S/Ticketing/Register.aspx?SGU=33EAF20D-AB40-4B40-A537-22C19A58CA74&amp;CRG=F6955029-80DB-4976-9B72-5A9D388559F9&amp;CST=887BC14E-DAD2-45BF-B011-95539B6311AE" target="_blank">Watch the top five finalists in our search for the ULTIMATE GUITAR STAR compete for the title of GUITAR PLAYER&rsquo;s GUITAR SUPERSTAR of 2011!</a></p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, July 23rd. Doors 2:00pm, Show 3:00pm</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Renaissance Hotel Nashville, 611 Commerce St., Nashville TN</p> <p><a href="https://reg2.showreg.net/WebReg/NAMS1107S/Ticketing/Register.aspx?SGU=33EAF20D-AB40-4B40-A537-22C19A58CA74&amp;CRG=F6955029-80DB-4976-9B72-5A9D388559F9&amp;CST=887BC14E-DAD2-45BF-B011-95539B6311AE" target="_blank"><strong>Tickets:</strong>&nbsp; $15</a></p> <hr /> <p>Big News! <span style="font-style: italic;">Guitar Player</span>&rsquo;s Guitar Superstar 2011 will be held in Music City &mdash; yes, Nashville, Tennessee &mdash; during the Summer NAMM show on Saturday, July 23. </p> <p>Five finalists will perform fronting a red-hot house band in the ballroom of the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, vying for the 2011 Guitar Superstar title in front of celebrity judges, the people who make the gear you love, the city&rsquo;s guitar fans, and perhaps even a few label, management, and publishing executives. Hey, it&rsquo;s that kind of music town &mdash; anything is possible!</p> <p>Now in its seventh year, the annual Guitar Superstar competition seeks out transcendent guitarists across the United States to showcase their chops, tone, charisma, and compositional skills in a six-minute (or less) video of themselves performing an original instrumental song. Entries are FREE at <strong><a href="http://www.truefire.com/gpgs2011" target="_blank">www.truefire.com/gpgs2011</a></strong>.</p> <p>All entries are viewed and rated by the staff of <span style="font-style: italic;">Guitar Player</span>, and five finalists will be chosen to battle it out in Nashville. Only one will emerge as the 2011 <span style="font-style: italic;">Guitar Player</span>&rsquo;s Guitar Superstar champ, winning a one-album deal on <em>Guitar Player</em> Records, as well as fabulous prizes from the event sponsors. (Two runner-ups will also win prize packages.)</p> <p>To get the feel of this thrilling event, please <strong><a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/115707" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a></strong> to view the performances and judges&rsquo; comments from last year&rsquo;s Guitar Superstar competition.</p> <p>Guitar legend <strong>Larry Carlton</strong> is the host of Guitar Superstar 2011, and the first three judges are <strong>Reeves Gabrels</strong>, <strong>Carl Verheyen</strong>, and <strong>Muriel Anderson</strong> (more judges to be added, so check here for updates). Previous Guitar Superstar judges and hosts include guitar stars and legends such as <span style="font-weight: bold;">Joe Satriani</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Steve Vai</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Andy Summers</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">George Lynch</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Steve Lukather</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Nuno Bettencourt</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Elliot Easton</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Greg Howe</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Jennifer Batten</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Richie Kotzen</span>,<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Greg Kihn</span>, and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Brendan Small</span> (creator of <span style="font-style: italic;">Metalocalypse</span>).</p> <table align="center" bordercolor="#000000" border="1" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5"> <thead> </thead> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"><strong><a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/meet-the-guitar-superstar-2011-finalists/4609" target="_blank">MEET THE GUITAR SUPERSTAR 2011 FINALISTS</a></strong> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/131983" target="_blank">&nbsp;MEET THE GUITAR SUPERSTAR 2011 HOST &amp; JUDGES</a></strong><br /> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"><strong><a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/Guitar-Superstar-2011-%E2%80%93-Sponsors/4185" target="_blank">MEET THE GUITAR SUPERSTAR 2011 SPONSORS</a></strong><br /> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Presenting and Backline sponsor is <strong>Ampeg GVT</strong>. Other current sponsors include <strong>EMG</strong>, <strong>Warwick</strong>, and <strong>NAMM</strong>. Past event and prize sponsors have included <span style="font-weight: bold;">Mesa/Boogie</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">DigiTech</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Framus</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Mackie</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">PRS</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Yamaha</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Gibson</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Epiphone</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">D&rsquo;Addario</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">EMG Pickups</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">GHS Strings</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Keith McMillen Instruments</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Levy&rsquo;s Leathers</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Line 6</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Samson</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Sony</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">TC Electronic</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Tech 21</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Voyage-Air</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Zoom</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">ZT Amplifiers</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Digidesign</span>, and <span style="font-weight: bold;">TrueFire.com</span>.</p> <p>The staff of <em>Guitar Player </em>is always energized and honored to present its annual Guitar Superstar competition. The event not only spotlights some of the best unsigned guitar talent in the universe, it also shows off all that is cool and edgy and, yes, heroic about slinging a guitar across your shoulder, and blowing someone&rsquo;s mind with a great riff or a stunning tone or lightning-fast solos or a beatific melody.</p> <p>So what are you waiting for? This could be the break you&rsquo;ve dreamed of! Click to the <strong><a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/129921" target="_blank">Official Rules page</a></strong>, or <strong><a href="http://www.truefire.com/gpgs2011" target="_blank">www.truefire.com/gpgs2011</a></strong>, and ENTER THIS COMPETITION! We&rsquo;ll be waiting to hear &mdash; and see &mdash; what you&rsquo;ve got, so BRING IT!</p> <p><strong>HURRY! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 15 at 11:59 pm.</strong></p> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/129921" style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">OFFICIAL RULES</a>
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