Guitarfest 2008 1st Place Winner Frank Porter from Guitar Villa in Quakertown, PA. (center) receiving his Epiphone Zakk Wylde Buzzsaw and 1st Place Trophy.
Epiphone's Guitarfest Competition started as an idea to bring guitar players, young and old alike, together for the opportunity to showcase their musical talents, compete for quality Epiphone prizes and offer their family, friends and fans the opportunity to watch them play live. In just two short years it has evolved into a regional phenomenon and this year 320 store level contestants competed in 6 states for the chance to be called Guitarfest Winner!
On Saturday September 6th, contestants made the trek to Rochester, NY to compete in the finals and for Top of Line Epiphone Guitar and Amp Packages and BIG Trophies supplied by the Great House of Guitars.
The competition was closer then ever with just a few points separating the top 6 contestants, but when the picks were done flying these were the results.
1st Place - Frank Porter from Guitar Villa in Quakertown, PA.
2nd Place - Jim K from Limelite Music in east Aurora, NY and
3rd Place - Zen Shredder from Guitar Villa in Quakertown, PA.
Guitarfest 2008 2nd Place Winner Jim K from Limelite Music in East Aurora, NY (center) receiving his Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul EX and 2nd Place Trophy.
Guitarfest 2008 3rd Place Winner Zen Shredder from Guitar Villa in Quakertown, PA (center) receiving his Epiphone SG and 3rd Place Trophy.
Joe Mancini from Limelite Music in E. Aurora, NY. performs.
Dean Comstock from House of Guitars in Rochester, NY performs.
Matt Staley from Russo Music in Trenton, NJ.
Frank Porter from Guitar Villa in Quakertown, PA.
Guitarfest 2008 judges Jim, Tye Dye Tom and Paul.
Studio 15 provided the competition CD.
Guitarfest 2008 MC... Tye Dye Tom.
Epiphone and Tye Dye Tom would like to thank the ALL the contestants that participated, ALL the stores, who so graciously let us DO OUR THING, and the Great House of Guitars in Rochester, NY, who, for the 2nd year in a row, hosted the finals. Special thanks also goes out to Studio 15 who compiled the competition CD.
Guitarfest 2009 is right around the corner and we hope to see you ALL again next year for a bigger and better competition. (Can you say NATIONWIDE?)