Australian Guitarist Plays for 125 Consecutive Hours for Charity

Scott Burford, a guitarist from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, recently finished playing for over 125 hours in an attempt to break the record for the world's longest guitar marathon.

ABC News—the  Australian ABC, mind you, not the American one—reported that Burford  played from noon on Sunday, July 15 through Friday, July 20. If  verified, the guitarist's marathon feat would easily eclipse the  previous world record of 114 hours, set back in 2011.

"I had super-glue put over my fingers to hold the skin together," Burford told ABC. "I had a nurse and a former paramedic check me out [during the attempt] to make sure I was ok."

Burford adhered to a strict set of rules during his record attempt. He was only allowed  to take 30-second breaks between songs, and earned five minutes of rest  time for each hour he played. As if that wasn't enough, Burford could  only repeat a song every four hours. 

On the bright side, Burford's attempt galvanized local  musicians, who rallied around the event, which was intended to raise  funds and awareness for the charity Musicians Making A Difference, which uses music and mentoring to help young victims of abuse, neglect and homelessness.

A number of local guitarists joined Burford throughout his marathon. 

"On  Wednesday I think at two in the morning there were around 20 people in  the shop, jamming with him and keeping him going and he had people with  him all the way until around six o'clock the following morning," said Mike Miller, the manager of Engadine, the music shop where the marathon took place. 

"The  thing that really drained him was just sitting there playing guitar by  himself, so he was really lucky that he had people with him all the way  through."

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.