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

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Watch the top five finalists in our search for the ULTIMATE GUITAR STAR compete for the title of GUITAR PLAYER’s GUITAR SUPERSTAR of 2011!

When: Saturday, July 23rd. Doors 2:00pm, Show 3:00pm

Where: Renaissance Hotel Nashville, 611 Commerce St., Nashville TN

Tickets: $15

Big News! Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2011 will be held in Music City — yes, Nashville, Tennessee — during the Summer NAMM show on Saturday, July 23.

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’s guitar fans, and perhaps even a few label, management, and publishing executives. Hey, it’s that kind of music town — anything is possible!

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 www.truefire.com/gpgs2011.

All entries are viewed and rated by the staff of Guitar Player, and five finalists will be chosen to battle it out in Nashville. Only one will emerge as the 2011 Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar champ, winning a one-album deal on Guitar Player Records, as well as fabulous prizes from the event sponsors. (Two runner-ups will also win prize packages.)

To get the feel of this thrilling event, please CLICK HERE to view the performances and judges’ comments from last year’s Guitar Superstar competition.

Guitar legend Larry Carlton is the host of Guitar Superstar 2011, and the first three judges are Reeves Gabrels, Carl Verheyen, and Muriel Anderson (more judges to be added, so check here for updates). Previous Guitar Superstar judges and hosts include guitar stars and legends such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, George Lynch, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Elliot Easton, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Richie Kotzen, Greg Kihn, and Brendan Small (creator of Metalocalypse).

Presenting and Backline sponsor is Ampeg GVT. Other current sponsors include EMG, Warwick, and NAMM. Past event and prize sponsors have included Mesa/Boogie, DigiTech, Framus, Mackie, PRS, Yamaha, Gibson, Epiphone, D’Addario, EMG Pickups, GHS Strings, Keith McMillen Instruments, Levy’s Leathers, Line 6, Samson, Sony, TC Electronic, Tech 21, Voyage-Air, Zoom, ZT Amplifiers, Digidesign, and TrueFire.com.

The staff of Guitar Player 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’s mind with a great riff or a stunning tone or lightning-fast solos or a beatific melody.

So what are you waiting for? This could be the break you’ve dreamed of! Click to the Official Rules page, or www.truefire.com/gpgs2011, and ENTER THIS COMPETITION! We’ll be waiting to hear — and see — what you’ve got, so BRING IT!

HURRY! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 15 at 11:59 pm.