Gibson and Epiphone just got back from Bonnaroo 2004, held June 11-13 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Everyone who was stuck in traffic on I-24 between Nashville and Chattanooga will understand.) The three-day music fest in the country drew a crowd estimated to be as much as double the 90,000 official tickets sold.

Each and every attendee, or so it seemed, stopped by the Gibson/Epi booth in the Sonic Village to try out a guitar, snag some literature or get a playing tip from Gibson clinician Kevin Philbin. There were also plenty of Gibsons and Epis on the stages in the hands of some of the world’s greatest guitarists.

Here’s an exclusive photo gallery...

Gov’t Mule, with Warren Haynes on the Gibson Les Paul and Matt Abts on the Slingerland kit

The highest guy at Bonnaroo

The Gibson/Epi Interactive tent

Impromptu lessons

Gateway to the Sonic Village

del SoL on the XM Satellite Stage, note guitarist at far right

Christopher Guice plays a right-handed Epi El Capitan left-handed.
(Don’t try this at home.)

David Hidalgo of Los Lobos with a Firebird V

Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos with an ES-335

Brendan McGinn of Addison Groove Project with an Epi John Lee Hooker Sheraton II

Gibson USA clinician Kevin Philbin, backstage with an arsenal of Gibsons for artist use


Luther (left) and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, with Epi acoustics

Same guys, same guitars, same great sound

The Allstars beat the traffic jam

Gibson enthusiasts

Which Stage is this, man? (Who’s on first?)

My Morning Jacket on What Stage (different from Which Stage)

It’s outdoors, but MMJ still packs ‘em in

MMJ’s Carl Broemel with a ’54 Goldtop Les Paul

MMJ’s Jim James (if you can say it three times fast, you weren’t at Bonnaroo) with an ES-335.