On Gear Factor, powered by Sweetwater, we typically give you rockers playing the instrumental pieces that first inspired them, but it’s sometimes fun to see a good ol’ shred competition. Thankfully, The Music Experience’s Squiggy was on hand to host, while none other than guitar greats Nita Strauss and Jared James Nichols got to judge as the four shredders stepped up to the plate.

All four of the musicians had previously bested other competition to earn their spot in this shred off, and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, Strauss was so impressed that she asked two of the guitarists to participate in a sudden death shred off before making her final decision.

When all was said and done, 13-year-old viral guitar sensation Landon emerged as the victor, with his bluesy, hard rocking solos. Speaking with Nita Strauss about playing her signature guitar after the competition, young Landon stated, “It just feels really good to play. It feels really fast and very smooth.”

Watch Landon and his fellow competitors shred away in the video below, and if you want to pick up the guitar, make sure to get all your gear needs met at Sweetwater.com.

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