Gibson Generation Group (G3)

The Gibson Generation Group, or G3, is Gibson’s two-year mentoring program for new generations of guitar players. G3 members are endorsed by Gibson Brands and showcased across Gibson’s channels, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers globally. They receive one-on-one mentoring from our Entertainment Relations team, perform at Gibson-sponsored festivals and shows, they open for legendary artists on tour, perform at dealer clinics around the world, and more. The first G3 class, the class of 2021, is due to graduate in the Summer of 2021.

 

 

Introducing the G3 Class of 2021

Asher Belsky

San Francisco, CA

Age: 15
Influences: Derek Trucks, Marcus King, Duane Allman
When did you pick up the guitar?
I started playing at age 5, and haven't put it down since.

Esani Dey

Mumbai, India

Age: 20
Influences: Parents, Greg Howe, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny
When did you pick up the guitar?
I was 3 years old and my dad handed me an electric guitar. And it all started there. He used to practice (he's a bass player) and I'd listen on oversized headphones that he'd put on me.

Noah Eckstein

Dallas, TX

Age: 16
Influences: Tommy Emmanuel, The Eagles, Brian May
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 5.

Diego Flores

Pontevedra, Spain

Age: 16
Influences: Nirvana, Pixies, grunge music
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 8.

Sonny French

Nashville, TN

Age: 12
Influences: Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, Merle Haggard and The Strangers, The Eagles
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 11.

Ben Goldsmith

New York City, NY

Age: 14
Influences: John Mayer, Slash, Freddie King
When did you pick up the guitar?
I first picked up the guitar on January 9, 2012. My mom has a date-stamped picture of that day. I was 6 years old and 3 months. It was a "trial" lesson.

Jack Goodacre

London, England

Age: 14
Influences: John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, James Bay
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 10.

Phoenix Knight

Austin, TX

Age: 18
Influences: Tim Henson, Van Halen, Yvette Young
When did you pick up the guitar?
2012 in 6th grade

Reece Malone

Longview, TX

Age: 15
Influences: Derek Trucks, Philip Sayce, Eric Gales
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 5.

Miyuna

Japan

Age: 17
Influences: ONE OK ROCK, Koji Tamaki, Ringo Sheena
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 15.

Kris Niepert

Beijing, China

Age: 18
Influences: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tom Morello
When did you pick up the guitar?
Around 14.

Mariña Paz Otero

Pontevedra, Spain

Age: 16
Influences: The Sonics, Foo Fighters
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 8.

Otto Jr. Lagarhus

Tønsberg, Norway

Age: 13
Influences: B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chris Cain
When did you pick up the guitar?
I first started playing the acoustic guitar almost three years ago. I bought my first electric guitar (after a long period of nagging on my parents) about 1,5 years ago, and it was a Gibson Les Paul Traditional.

Gaétan Ponzio

Allauch, France

Age: 13
Influences: Metallica, Slash, Iron Maiden
When did you pick up the guitar?
I picked up my first guitar when I was 4 years old.

Jayden Tatasciore

Perth, Australia

Age: 10
Influences: Synyster Gates, Angus Young, Slash
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 5 1/2.

Irene Esteban Teijeira

Pontevedra, Spain

Age: 16
Influences: Nirvana, AC/DC
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 8.

Carter Wilkinson

New Orleans, LA

Age: 20
Influences: Robben Ford, Philip Sayce, Albert King
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 10.

Isa Zwart

Emmen, Netherlands

Age: 19
Influences: Jimi Hendrix
When did you pick up the guitar?
At age 5.