Young Guitarist of the Year 2018 winner Hunter Hallberg

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Since April, we’ve been on the hunt for the best amateur young guitarists around the world, to see who should be crowned Young Guitarist of the Year 2018. The live final was held at the UK Guitar Show on Saturday 29 September.

Hundreds of entry videos were submitted, before standout performances were sent to star judges Matt Tuck, Rob Chapman and Chris Buck. The three finalists were then judged at the show itself by Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and MusicRadar editors, as well as Chris Buck.

Hunter Hallberg was crowned the winner at the PRS-sponsored event. In addition to the prestigious title, Hunter walked away with a beautiful PRS S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow in Scarlet Red and a one-year Ernie Ball string endorsement, among other fantastic prizes.

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farmer vic Northway says:

Very beautiful 👍

Aaron D says:

I went to School of rock with this kid, Props to him he is truly great. I've shared the stage with him many times. Unfortunately, he's fallen victim to the weight of his own ego. I'm by far nowhere near the technical level of where he is but I would never want to be in a band with him. I just hope he realizes it and fixes it, he's still quite young and can change.

Ruiseart Alcorn says:

Amazing guitarist!!!

setmedic says:

bro, leave some girls for the other guys!

is everybody in * says:

i hate this guy because i hate children and because i hate people who ware way better than me at shit. i actually don't hate children. but i hate this guy because he kicks my ass and i am 34 years old. i suck at life.

Ray Anthony Brady says:

Soulless heartless music! Abigail rocks!

Ray Anthony Brady says:

Abigail is much better than this boring player!

AZ Wildman says:

Absolutely amazing! I've been playing for a long time and apparently I am terrible

Justin Lawrence says:

This guys better for sure… he’s got more feel for the instrument than Abby, though obviously she’s great too. The boy’s got a great future ahead of him for sure

Elad Winner says:

This is must be the fucking best guitar tone I have ever heard

forfparty forfparty says:

👍Yeah🤟

Gowthead Z says:

Yawn city. Cmon you can get this shit a dime a dozen these days. This his how every kid on my block plays. Abby should have won.

Bryzz Lull says:

This kid is going to be responsible for the great pussy shortage of 2030.

Chris says:

Awesome!! Hunter rocks that guitar!! a talent in a young guitarist i haven't seen in a long time!

Menthol says:

dream theater esqe

Duvdev says:

This was so powerful and I love the sense of direction here, it feels like an epic battle.
The other girl I honestly didn't like because it had no direction, which is fine if I want some thing playing in the background while I do stuff, but it wasn't even soothing to my ears. This one though going to my playlist.

Alex says:

Dammmmm, that’s some clean skills 👍🏻👍🏻

nsc217 says:

I thought he was just as creative as Abigail but he was more technical… Faster. That doesn’t mean Abigail could have been more technical and won because her style is her style. His style gave him an edge…

Taiwanese Standard Time says:

Holy shit the hate, on both sides! These kids are both amazing, be quiet and listen to them

Ruud Jonckman says:

very nice hunter,technical very high, never forget  to say somthing  in your playing its very importend,make music

crby101 says:

for anyone who thinks metal is all nonsense: this is a great example of the beautiful musicality i think all metal has at its core. inspiring guy right here, im twice his age but hes well more than twice my skill! bravo

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