Young (Lady) Thumbs Make History; Sweep the Legends Thumbpicking Championship

Photos and article by Ron Denny. The History Channel could’ve joined Gretsch guitars as sponsors of the 2016 International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg County, Ky., in late September. That’s because for the first time in the 28-year history of the event, two ladies – make that two teenagers – competed against eight men and took home the top two thumbpicking honors. They also walked offstage with new Gretsch guitars as a result of their picking prowess. Katelyn Prieboy, 19, is from Lutz, Fla., which is just north of Tampa, and is a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville. She is majoring in audio engineering and minoring in classical guitar. Katelyn was crowned the grand champion and won a gorgeous Gretsch White Falcon guitar for being the first woman to sweep both the traditional and contemporary thumbpicking categories.