Texas is #1 (Guiness World Record: largest guitar ensemble)


On August 23rd, 1,859 Texas musicians came together and officially broke the Guinness World Record for largest guitar ensemble. Luckenbach, Texas teamed up with Gibson Guitar, the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cheatham Street Warehouse, The Texas Music Office, RADIOFREETEXAS.ORG and the Voices of a Grateful Nation project to host Pickin’ for the Record – a benefit event supporting US troops and their families. The proceeds from this event were donated to the Welcome Home Project’s “Sound Healing” program that provides guitar lessons to veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as a component of their therapy and recovery.

The Germans set the record in 2007 with 1802 players. There have been several attempts since; they have all been just shy of 1800 players. But of course everything is bigger in Texas and everybody is somebody in Luchenbach; the event resulted in a town with a population of 3 hosting nearly 2,000 guitar players and achieving the world record. Texas music mainstay and Gibson artist Roger Creager led the crowd with the performance of the Luckenbach song (Back to the Basics of Love – made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson). Gibson Guitar donated a Les Paul Studio that was played by the designated “record-breaking” 1,803rd picker, Monte Montgomery, the nationally recognized guitar sensation who also dedicated a performance tribute to Les Paul for his lifetime contribution to guitar and music recording. Afterward, the guitar was raffled to support the Welcome Home Project’s music therapy program for wounded soldiers.


(Thanks to Budrock for sending this article; I got a kick out of it.  I hope some videos show up on YouTube.)

5 Responses to “Texas is #1 (Guiness World Record: largest guitar ensemble)”

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  2. Peter says:

    Texas does not hold the Guiness World Record. The record was breaken by polish guitarists in Wroclaw: 6346 persons played “Smoke on the water” May 1st 2009

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  4. Anonymous says:

    While Wroclaw serves as the May 1 epicenter, guitar players from around the world took part online and in coordinated events in Sweden, the United States, Canada and Australia (though they do not count towards the record).

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