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Vintage endorser James Bell scoops Young Guitarist Of The Year award
Every year, thousands of budding young six-stringers compete for the fabled title of Young Guitarist Of The Year, in a competition run by Guitarist Magazine. This year's winner was talented young Vintage guitars endorser James Bell.
This year, the coveted award was taken away by 13-year-old James Bell from Audley, near Stoke-On-Trent. James won by playing his track A New Hope using his main guitar – a cherry red Vintage ReIssued Series VS6.
The competition, which took place at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London as part of the London Guitar Festival 2011, was judged by a panel of industry professionals – headed by Guitar Techniques Editor Neville Marten – who had the tough task of picking just one winner from the five extremely talented and capable young players performing that day.
In the end, it was James's confident virtuoso performance, coupled with a technique and feel well beyond his years, that swayed the very close voting. “When I won I felt amazed – I thought it was a dream!” James said. “I cannot thank my teacher Brian Viggars enough for telling me about the competition and helping me with the mixing of my backings! Brian is absolutely amazed at the tone of my Vintage VS6, by the way...”
James has a busy YouTube account with more than 50 videos uploaded (including one of his award-winning performance)
As part of his prize, James has also won a place at the 2012 International Guitar Festival in Bath, which features the likes of Guthrie Govan, Andy James and Martin Goulding. “I can't wait!” he says.
And to top off the win, John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd., worldwide trade distributor for Vintage guitars, decided to gift James with a new Vintage guitar of his choice. He plumped for a Flame Maple Green Vintage Rock Series VRS100. James said: “The feedback on the VRS100 is amazing and the whammy just makes things even better! My fingers just glide across the 24 frets. I am truly amazed at this great guitar, and my thanks to everyone at JHS.”
James Bell on YouTube:
James's winning performance at the Guitarist website:
Vintage ReIssued guitars at JHS: