Guitar Hero 2006

It was a celebration of grit, melody, chops, heart, tone, and charisma, and, at the end, Pennsylvania’s Trey Alexander played his way to the title of Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero 2006. It wasn’t an easy win, either, as Alexander had to face nine tremendous talents: GH06 third-place winner David Powers, GH06 second-place winner Patrick Woods, 15-year-old wunderkind Joshua Karickhoff, Joe Cefalu, Nathan Hahn, Ed DeGenaro, Ron LoCurto, and Russian guitar virtuosos Sergei Roudzinski and Anton Tsygankov. He also had to pass muster with six stellar judges: Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Richie Kotzen, Rafael Moreira, Shredmistress Rynata, and Musican Friend’s Steve Read. But, then again, it may be more accurate to state that every-one won, as the near-capacity crowd at the September 23, 2006, Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero competition at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall was treated to a thrilling night of absolute guitar madness.
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Further thrills were provided by hosts Greg Kihn and his son Ry, as well as from a smokin’ house band comprised of MusicPlayer editors (including GP’s Jude Gold; Bass Player’s Jonathan Herrera; and Keyboard’s Ernie Rideout, Stephen Fortner, and Michael Gallant). Fabulous prizes were provided by the event sponsors: A choice of a Mesa/Boogie Stiletto amp or other model, a custom First Act “GH06” guitar, a Fender Stratocaster signed by all the judges, and a $500 Musician’s Friend gift certificate (GH06 winner); an Epiphone Les Paul, a Hughes & Kettner Switchblade amp, and a MF gift certificate (second place); and a MF gift certificate (third place).

But while the riffs have ceased reverberating at the Great American, and the judges have made their choices, you can still select your favorite GH06 guitarist! Just click to, go to the Guitar Hero 2006 channel, and place your vote. All those who vote will be entered in a drawing to win a limited-edition First Act GH06 guitar just like Trey Alexander’s.