Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Thessaloniki, Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne. He has also played in Mystic Prophecy, Nightrage, Arch Enemy and Dream Evil.
His father was a part-time singer who sang Greek folk music at bars and taverns. He was also a fan of rock music. He was introduced to bands like Pink Floyd, Santana and the Eagles by his father’s album collections. Gus G. was inspired to start playing guitar after listening to his father’s copy of Peter Frampton’s album Frampton Comes Alive. He was drawn in particular by Frampton’s use of the Talkbox. At the age of 10, Gus asked his dad for a guitar. His father bought him a classical guitar and he started to take lessons from a local music school. When he finally received his first electric guitar at the age of 14, he got heavily into practicing and took lessons from a rock guitar teacher at a local conservatory.
Gus G’s first influences began with Frampton and his work “Frampton Comes Alive”. He also cites Al Di Meola, Joe Stump, John Norum, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch, Uli Roth, Michael Schenker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, The Beatles, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani and many others as his influences.
Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, Gus G. first received international acclaim for his guitar wizardry in power metal band Firewind. He subsequently got the notice of heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne, who recruited Gus to occupy the position of his lead guitarist. Gus continues to amaze crowds around the world with his supreme shredding in Ozzy and Firewind.