Party Time: Ultimate Guitar is 15 Today!

Join us in celebrating the 15th birthday of the greatest guitar community in the world!

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Ultimate Guitar is 15 years old. Hooray! Ever since our founder Zappp started the site in 1998, we've stuck to our goal of being the greatest guitar website in history. With millions of registered users and tabs, we're pleased to say it's just as fun as ever. We want to thanks all of our readers who visit the site, create tabs, comment on news posts, take part in the forum or just visit and enjoy the site - you make this place really special and it's a honor to serve you. Thank you so much. Ultimate Guitar has grown to do so much more than just tabs, and it takes a sturdy team to keep it going. Our writers and editors do a grand job of sharing hundreds of new articles and features every month, and our moderators work hard to keep the forums ship-shape. Then there's designers and developers who keep the site looking sharp and create our chart-topping music apps, and that's before getting into the rest of the Ultimate Guitar operation - you're all really important and keep the heart of this vibrant community beating. Thank you to all our staff and contributors, past and present. To celebrate this special occasion, we'd love to hear your favorite memories where Ultimate Guitar has played a part. Maybe you remember serenading your first true love with a song you learnt with our tabs, or you remember a classic comedy moment on the UG forums. If you have a story or comment to share, post it in the comments - we really appreciate every single message. Here's to another great 15 years, and beyond!

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    daverolston
    Happy Birthday UG!
    zappp
    Happy *****ng birthday to you too, UG community!
    sideslick
    IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWO RTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAMNOTWORTHY!IAM NOTWORTHY!
    Elegitii
    Hey zappp, thanks for creating my all time favourite website. Cheers!
    kratos379
    So I looked up what UG looked like in the past and the earliest I could find was back in 2000. So here's what UG looked like 13 years ago: http://web.archive.org/web/2000051010041... I used the waybackmachine website to look for it, so if the link doesn't work, you'd have to look for it there.
    kratos379
    So I looked up what UG looked like in the past and the earliest I could find was back in 2000. So here's what UG looked like 13 years ago: http://web.archive.org/web/2000051010041... I used the waybackmachine website to look for it, so if the link doesn't work, you'd have to look for it there.
    iommi600
    "24. Jan. 2000 Hello! [...] Today we have more than 30 fresh and hot guitar tabs! 4 new groups: Down By Law, Fuel, Powderfinger, Save Ferris. Also new songs of Amanda Marshall, Bush, Korn, Metallica" Haha, 13 years ago and Metallica were on the front page of UG. Some things never change.
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    alex94kumar
    Happy birthday UG!! Best site on the planet for tabs. And witty comments on news articles. Especially ones that have to do with snare drums, chairs, and related things.
    Maiden95
    Someone needs to get Dave Mustaine's thoughts on UG turning 15. For real though, I do really enjoy checking the articles on here everyday. It's good for a few laughs. Cheers everyone.
    Punk_Dude2005
    I've been using this site since 2004 and I can honestly say that it has served for hours of entertainment, song learning and other information. Go UG! Happy Birthday
    SOADplayer2
    Literally hours over 9 years? Sounds like a good deal. And I remember the lolwut pear. I think it was banned before I joined, but I remember how uptight people got about it!
    Danjo's Guitar
    I've been using this site since at least 2007, and I pretty much taught myself how to play guitar using UG tabs for various songs. I still use your tabs, though mostly I write my own music now. I appreciate having this resource, and its also nice to get the music news, even if it isn't always completely up to date.(Or relevant.)
    jamie_hough
    Happy Birthday. I bought cake. I laid it down over by the Dave Mustaine dedicated server - help yourselves.
    shredder3386
    Happy Birthday UG! I still remember when the copyright organizations were shutting down all the other tabs sites on the net and you guys stood your ground. That will always be a badass move, cheers!
    Lensver
    Happy birthday UG! I think my most cherished moment related to the site was when a guy from Iran mailed me about an Agalloch GP tab I made, and thanked me for it It really made me realize that no boundaries, whether they be geographical or cultural, can stand in the way of music.
    TJ1991
    Happy birthday UG! I have to say, as epic as the range of tabs on here is, I think the interviews are the best bit. And the Pit. Oh god, the Pit.
    haifisch234
    Actually all tabs which I have are from this site. I can always rely on Ultimate-Guitar. Happy Birthday!
    BlackWolf24
    Happy Birthday UG!!! Where's the beer?
    flnas
    Happy birthday. I love going to UG website. best site for news and taps.
    RndyW0
    Yes, the taps. The plumbing on this website is extraordinary at the very least.
    The jazz Man
    I Remember printing tabs off here back in school and the teacher going mad at me for "wasting paper".. To be fair the site really helped when I was learning guitar.. And still does..
    archangels
    HUZZAH! I started using this site almost ten years ago to learn how to play guitar. Since then, 95% of the hundreds of songs I've learned have been thanks to this place. You guys are amazing.
    rebreh
    My fond memories of UG I practically spent the first three years of my guitar life learning songs of this site. After I discovered Powertab my playing really took off. I guess this is in part due to UG's incredible ability to shrug off copywrite laws. In my view, you can't copywrite tableture so UG is doing us all a solid. I also enjoy every false Tool update, the weekly Dave Mustain quote, and, my personal favorite, "Some no name musician compares self to some name musician."
    Unf
    When I started playing guitar i didn't know about this site, so I've learnt through trial and error , and sometimes it was painfull.It would have saved me so much time if I had discovered UG back in the day. Happy Birthday!
    hockeygoalie90
    I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old in 2004. We didn't have a computer at home and I remember going to the school library so I could go on UG and print some tabs with my leftover lunch money. I still have a box full of old AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Iron Maiden tabs!
    guitar_newbie
    My story's roughly the same, only it started in 2005 when I was 15. I started as a lurker, registered my account in early 06 and since then, ultimate-guitar.com has been my go-to site for guitar tabs. I also discovered the joys of tabbing, and have turned myself from a user into a contributor. Keep on rocking UG!
    vppark2
    I started back in '07, around the same age. I never registered. I only came to use what tabs were already up. About 2-3 years ago I finally registered and Im glad that I did.
    rebreh
    UG also published a review that I did for my first bass guitar when I was 14. Thanks for that. UG also put up a 14 year olds review which was horribly misspelled and full of bad information to which I got chewed out by the UG community. Ugh, thanks UG. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    petruzh
    Congratulations!! Keep it goinh! since 98'? thats long time for website
    E=MCawesome
    So many upvotes! On a UG article? I don't know what to do... the positivity, it burns!
    Benjamin2112
    Happy Birthday UG! I learned my first song on my guitar and bass and.... learned all the other songs really on here too. Congrats
    iommi600
    Hell, I've been here for 4 years now... time flies. Happy Birthday UG, despite the daily troll articles, this is still a nice place.
    floggingmurphy
    Happy birthday ug! Thank you for all the fun, the tabs and the addition of the word 'slam' to my daily vocabulary
    Vash_15
    I feel like most of the staff's not much older. That said, this site and its userbase are a big part of what's made me the guitarist I am today. I owe all of you a huge thanks for writing tabs, reviews, and providing humor in news commentary. Here's to 15 more.
    incubosity
    I wouldn't be where I was in playing the guitar with UG. The best guitar website on the planet...no doubt about it!