Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

The 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is taking place August 5-11 and Epiphone will be there the whole time, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the the largest and most popular motorcycle rally in the world. Check back often for updates!


Sturgis 2013 - That'a a Wrap!
August 12, 2013

We had a great time at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this year and there is no doubt that this is The Best Party Anywhere®! Here's a few pics from the final couple of days. We can't wait to be back next year.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013


Sturgis 2013 - To Bigsby or not to Bigsby... That is the Question!
August 9, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone guitars on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. To Bigsby or not to Bigsby... that is the question!


Sturgis 2013 - Robb Flynn and His Signature Love/Death Epiphone
August 8, 2013

Robb Flynn and His Signature Love/Death Epiphone at Sturgis

Robb Flynn of Machine Head with his Epiphone Love/Death Baritone Flying V beckons to the audience at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip bike rally and music festival.


Sturgis 2013 - Robb Flynn and Machine Head Rock The Chip!
August 8, 2013

It was another great day at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip yesterday. We've been waiting all week for Epiphone signature artist Robb Flynn to take the stage with Machine Head and they rocked it! Here's a few pics from the day.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
Machine Head rockin' the Buffalo Chip Music Festival main stage.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

On Thursday, one lucky person will win a Cory Ness designed Victory Motorcycle and a matching custom Epiphone Les Paul.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
People are digging the cool Epiphone sunglasses. Stop by the Epiphone tent and get yours!

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
More Epiphone sunglasses.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
The Russ Brown crew sporting Epiphone sunglasses.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip girls were excited to announce the evenings Epiphone winner!

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013
Old school! So many cool bikes here!


Sturgis 2013 - Sunglasses At Night
August 6, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone fans sporting their free Epiphone sunglasses (at night). Tonight's entertainment was provided by Toby Keith, Tesla, and Sweet Cyanide at the Buffalo Chip Music Festival.


Sturgis 2013 - Kid Rock, Stunt Riders & Free Guitars!
August 6, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Last night was amazing at The Chip! The evening started off when Kid Rock took the Epiphone stage and literally blew the sky open! Well maybe not by himself. I think the 60,000 fans might have helped. It was quite electrifying though. In fact, three songs into the set, lighting lit up the sky and one of the loudest thunder claps I’ve ever heard shook the ground as the band hit a stop... right before a chorus kicked in. It was like the man upstairs was running production. Maybe it was a nod to Kid Rock for doing something cool earlier in the day, when he and his band played a 30 minute set for a crowd of bikers parked up front, instead of doing their normal sound check. Props man!

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Earlier in the day we got to check out some great stunt riders doing wheelies, burnouts and more inside a circle of on watchers. How three bikes can do what they did in a 100-feet area is quite amazing.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without our nightly Sturgis Buffalo Chip custom guitar giveaway. Congrats to all our winners so far! If you are at the rally, please stop by the Epiphone tent and say hello.


Sturgis 2013 - How to Hold Your Front Row "Seats" at Sturgis Buffalo Chip!
August 6, 2013

Revving up for another exciting day with Epiphone here at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Here's how you hold your front row "seats" at the Chip.


Sturgis 2013 - It's About Epiphone Guitars, Live Music... and Motorcycles!
August 6, 2013

We were lucky enough to be invited to Michael Lichter's 'Motorcycles As Art' exhibit at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip yesterday. Michael started photographing motorcycles in the late 70's at small shows and has since become one of the most respected motorcycle photographers in the world. He has photographed for industry leading Easyriders magazine for over thirty years and his work has been featured in countless books including the official 100th Anniversary Harley Davidson book.

This year's theme for the exhibit is 'Ton up! Speed, Style and Cafe Racer Culture.' It's a celebration of the cafe racer from its origins to its current popularity. The exhibit, which includes some killer cafe bikes and a ton of Michael's photography, will be on display from August 3-9 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Admission is free to the public and Buffalo Chip guests.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013


Sturgis 2013 - Epiphone, Victory Motorcycles and Cory Ness!
August 5, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Check out this custom Epiphone Les Paul with custom finish from world renowned bike builder Cory Ness. One lucky enthusiast will be taking home this guitar and a matching Victory Motorcycle (also designed by Mr. Ness) on Thursday. Nice!


Sturgis 2013 - A Sturgis Storm... The Good Kind
August 5, 2013

Any guesses as to who swept in like a "storm" and annihilated the crowd last night at Sturgis Buffalo Chip? #LzzyHale


Sturgis 2013 - Sturgis Visitors
August 4, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Mike Wolfe, star of American Pickers on the History Channel, stopped by yesterday to wish Epiphone a Happy 140th Anniversary here at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Day 2 saw standout performances from Buckcherry, The Cult, and Pop Evil. Forward to Day 3.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Bikes and guitars...what the Sturgis Buffalo Chip is all about. Jared James Nichols, Halestorm, and ZZ Top are on deck for tonight!

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Dee Snider. Twisted Sister. Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Epic.


Sturgis 2013 - Parker Lundgren of Queensryche
August 3, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Parker Lundgren with Queensryche visited the Gibson bus during set up for the Epiphone display area here at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Queensryche is kicking off the Buffalo Chip Festival tonight!


Sturgis 2013 - The "Best Party Anywhere®" is About to Get Started!

August 2, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

We were up and rolling early this morning, checking out the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campgrounds and hanging with the Victory Motorcycle guys who were detailing bikes and getting ready for the week. Victory is offering free test rides to all Sturgis attendees and you can bet a warm tall-boy can of PBR that we'll be taking advantage of that! Look for some follow-up photos from the highway later in the week... hopefully right side up.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

As my coffee kicked in, I jogged up to the top of the hill to check out the lay of the land before it starts packing out this afternoon. As you can see, Epiphone is front-and-center for the endless marathon of music this week at the Buffalo Chip Music Festival.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Last, but not least... if you're going to be camped out at the "Best Party Anywhere®," this is a pretty flippin' good spot! HA!

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013


Sturgis 2013 - True Biker Spirit and Hospitality Are Alive and Well
August 2, 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

We made it to Sturgis! The weather is perfect and our flights were dead on time. Of course, we would rather have manned up and rode out, but time wasn't on our side this round. Maybe next year. For now, we are just glad to be here and support the Epiphone-sponsored main stage at the Buffalo Chip Music Festival.

We arrived late last night, only to find that our lodging arrangements wouldn't be ready until sometime on Friday. Of course, there were no other rooms to be had anywhere, so we headed on into Deadwood in hopes of finding somewhere to stay for the night. What do you know... nothing there either! After a phone call or two, we discovered that Nashville-based band Jasmine Cain was playing at the Saloon No. 10, so we headed on over to check them out, and have an adult beverage. When we told Jasmine and the guys our situation, they were quick to offer up their band house to us for a place to crash.

Sturgis is not only known for the largest motorcycle rally in the world, but also for one of the largest music events in the world with hundreds of acts playing all week long. The Jasmine Cain band proved to us that true biker spirit and hospitality are still alive and well. Thanks guys!

Pictured below – Ryan Miller and Kevin Bebout with the band.

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013

Epiphone at Sturgis 2013


Sturgis 2013 - It's Almost Here!
August 1, 2013

The Gibson/Epiphone bus left this morning and is on its way to the Black Hills. We can't wait. Here's a preview video just to get you in the mood!