Ladd Smith named Guitar Player's 'Guitar Hero'

Ten finalists battled for the international title of Guitar Hero at Guitar Player's Guitar Hero 2007 competition Friday, October 12 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. All ten tremendously talented players were roundly applauded by celebrity judges Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Elliot Easton, Greg Howe, and Mike Varney. In the end, they chose Ladd Smith from Nashville, Tennessee as the champion, Les Robot from Edmonton, Alberta as first runner-up and Danny B. Harvey from Canyon County, CA, as second runner-up.

Ladd Smith at Guitar Player's Guitar Hero 2007 competition.

“What a celebration of white-hot, burning guitar!” said Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. “All ten contestants were simply awesome -- on fire, in fact — and the crowd was devouring every run, riff, and lick. It was great to see such enthusiasm over transcendent guitar playing, as you certainly don’t hear these styles very much on radio or television these days.”

“Ladd Smith took the GH07 championship because his ‘Outrun the Train’ was a thrill ride of furious note barrages, clean-toned spank, and country melodicism,” continued Molenda. “It’s incredibly difficult to play fast runs so pristinely — without a little help from distortion or sustain from the amp — and the judges acknowledged this in their decision.”

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