With more than 5,000 bands and four months of online fan voting, the winner of the Fender Road Worn Competition has emerged with Nashville, Tenn.-based rock act, AutoVaughn.

The win comes with an impressive $50,000 road-ready prize package featuring a fully-customized Fender Road Worn 2008 Toyota Tundra with matching trailer (customized by Studio Number One and Obey Giant) full of Fender Road Worn series instruments, Fender electric guitar and bass amplification, a Gretsch® drumset, a fuel allowance of $1,500, and an additional $15,000.

The contest kicked-off on Jan. 15 with bands being advanced by online fan voting, which resulted in the Top 100 bands on March 30, the Top 10 on April 27, the Top 5 on May 11, and the winning band crowned on May 30. The competition coincided with the release of Fender’s brand new Road Worn Series, a line of guitars and basses that comes with a head start on history and brings the player a killer aged design aesthetic that conjures up the ghosts of past music lives. 

Based on classic Fender instruments of the 1950s and ’60s, and production methods invented at the world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, Road Worn instruments reflect the mystic quality of life on the road.  The series consists of a ’50s Tele®, ’50s Strat®, ’60s Strat, ’50s Precision Bass® and ’60s Jazz Bass® guitars. AutoVaughn is a Nashville-based quartet made-up of members from Indiana and Ohio. 

Recently, the band released a six-song EP titled “The Cycles” mixed by Brian Virtue (best known for his work with Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave and Deftones).  For more information, visit their new featured profile at www.getroadworn.com.

Originally posted 2009-06-04 14:24:13.