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Save the Date!

The next GearFest will happen Friday,
June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017!

Thank you for making GearFest 2016 a huge success!

GearFest 2016 brought more than 10,000 of our favorite guests, artists, and vendors to the newly expanded Sweetwater campus. We hope you made it out to this amazing event — it was a blast geeking out about the latest gear with passionate musicians and experienced engineers over two days of non-stop classes, workshops, and performances. We're already planning how to make GearFest 2017 even better, but until then, check out the top highlights from GearFest 2016.

This was by far the largest Gearfest yet!

We were privileged to host over 12,000 people from all over the U.S. as they joined us at our newly expanded campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Over 475 manufacturers presented their product lines for our guests, giving them hands-on demonstrations, answering questions, and giving away lots of stickers and other freebies!

Many of our guests were overjoyed to win guitars, microphones, and more as we gave away over $88,000 worth of gear to more than 250 lucky winners during GearFest.

Attendees were entertained and educated by dozens of free workshops and performances by clinicians and celebrities such as Periphery, Jim Brickman, Queen Cora Dunham, Carl Verheyen, Chris Tomlin's band and crew, Craig Bauer, Jordan Rudess, Larry Dunn, Todd Sucherman, and many others!

Sweetwater founder and CEO Chuck Surack met hundreds of our guests, hearing many stories about the fantastic help and customer service they've received from Sweetwater's staff.

Attendees posted their GearFest experiences on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram using #GearFest. Thousands of these posts were displayed throughout the weekend on our social media wall!

The DealZone was always busy, as unheard-of onsite-only bargains were offered as a "thank you" to our customers for making GearFest one of their summer destinations.

Many folks took their pictures in front of the wall of Marshall stacks we constructed just for the event. Twenty-one 4x12 cabs + seven 100-watt heads = hundreds of happy guests!

Free guitar, bass, and banjo restringing was a huge hit with attendees again this year. Our team of luthiers restrung over 600 instruments on Friday and Saturday!

Outdoors, there were lots of unique things for visitors to see up close, including FedEx's NASCAR, an Enstrom helicopter, a Diamond DA20 plane, and so much more!

On Friday night, Sweetwater held our first-ever Customer Appreciation Celebration! The celebration featured our very own band, The Sweetwater All Stars, along with special guest artists, including Larry Dunn, Andy Timmons, Jordan Rudess, Cora Dunham, Chad Wackerman, Geoff Daking, Paul Reed Smith, Mitch Gallagher, Daniel Fisher, and Nick Bowcott.

Three amazing drum kits were on display at GearFest, courtesy of DW and Ludwig drums. Two were the DW kits that Neil Peart has toured with for the iconic prog-rock band, Rush. Also on display was Alex Van Halen's Ludwig Classic Maple kit, which he currently tours with for Van Halen!

For the first time ever, Sweetwater hosted FREE overnight RV and tent camping. Hundreds of GearFest attendees stayed the entire weekend right here at Sweetwater, with nearly 150 sites full!

Music saves lives! The American Red Cross received countless blood donations this weekend thanks to GearFest attendees. Our guests could opt to donate blood both days and then rest after their donation before heading to their next workshop.

Save the Date!

The next GearFest will happen Friday,
June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017!