The Gibson 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.

Notice:

Application deadline for Gibson G3 class of 2023 is March 15, 2021.

The next Gibson G3 class will be announced in July 2021. (Program duration is 2 years)