Music hardware and software-maker, Native Instruments, on Wednesday launched the Guitar Rig Hero contest for users of its Guitar Rig amp modeling software.
Unlike the Guitar Hero game that challenges gamers to play their hearts out in front of a virtual audience, Guitar Rig Hero pits real guitarists against each other on YouTube. Guitarists in the contest will be judged by real guitarists, not by audience ratings on your console game.
Celebrity judges include Dweezil Zappa, Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Brett Garsed, Justin Meldal-Johnson, and YouTube sensation Gustavo Guerra, among others. Users can also vote on the YouTube contest submissions.
Prizes for the contest include a $3,800 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony, Gibson SG Special Worn Cherry, a LaCie hard drive and a $559 Native Instruments gift certificate.
Contest details are available from the Native Instruments Web site.