The 5th annual HammerFest in Pwllheli, North West Wales, went off with a bang, and this year Vintage® guitars was there to sponsor the event’s burgeoning Acoustic Stage.
With more than 60 bands on offer, the festival rocked the thousands who flocked to the normally sleepy seaside village to catch three days of sheer metal debauchery.
In addition to the usual high decibel mayhem, the Vintage-sponsored Acoustic Stage provided a more restrained unplugged atmosphere, and the supplied trio of Vintage electro-acoustics – comprising of a VEC1900N (RRP £629), a VEC500N (RRP £269) and a VCB430N electro/acoustic bass (RRP £349) – went down a storm with the various bands.
“I’ve played a lot of guitars over the years, and always thought that the more expensive the guitar, the better it would be,” said Attica Rage guitarist Johnny Parr. “This Vintage acoustic turns that thought on its head. The quality and ease of play of these guitars is what you would expect of a guitar four times the price! I think I’ll be playing these guitars a lot more.”
Johnny’s co-guitarist, Stevie Bell, was equally surprised by the Vintage guitars. “Playing solos on acoustic guitars is normally very difficult,” he said, “But this Vintage guitar is set up so well that I could solo with ease. Nice one!”
HammerFest Artist Liaison Martin Jarvis was delighted with how the festival went down with the fans and bands alike. “After another sold out event, it was great to see so many people appreciate what we do – solid, residential festivals with a production that is hard to beat,” he said. “Special thanks go to our guitar heroes Vintage and to JHS, for keeping the faith and living the Metal dream. HammerFest 6 is already 50% sold out for 2014… nearly time to do it all over again!”
Final word has to go to Chemicals Of Democracy guitarist Richard Crants after his acoustic stint on the Vintage VEC1900N: “What can I say – this rocks!”
Vintage is distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website.