The Greatest Guitar Building Competition

In the troublesome year of 2020, the idea was hatched to create a competition to see who could build the best guitar in a limited time-frame and using the same base kit. The only rule is that the finished guitar will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity of the builders choice and, well, the instrument should ROCK!

Going into the 2nd year of this fantastic competition we are again giving makers across the globe the opportunity to showcase their amazing talent. 

Another year on we believe that this competition is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Join the already 250+ people in 2021's unofficial contest!

What you need to do as a GGBO contender 



There will be 2 competitions, a Kit Build and a scratch build with a larger proportion of the prize pool going to the Scratch build. The prize is bigger but the risk is Higher!

Scratch Build: A scratch build guitar is completely from scratch, this means that the body and neck cannot be prefabricated.

Kit Build: If you are using a prefabricated body or neck, or one or the other then you must enter the kit build competition. 

When you have entered you will be sent an application form which will be required to be filled out and sent back, you will need to put your social media details including an Instagram account and YouTube Channel. There will be a short about you biography section which will be sent to the judges. It is important to put your contact details here, we will need to be able to contact you during the competition. 

There will be a £25 entrance fee per competition which is for administration and to allow us to run the competition. The competition would not be made possible without this. You will also be sent a specialist code to get a 15% discount code for use on the where you can purchase a kit guitar for the 'Kit Build' challenge to help them towards the build.

The YouTube Final video will need to be a maximum 15-minute video and you must produce at least one Video with a maximum of six. You will also need to submit 5 Photos showcasing your build. Do not worry Ben will be releasing a video on how to create a Guitar YouTube video and take perfect photos of your guitar. 

The first round of judging will be a public vote, this will take place on GGBO website, a shortlist of 10 from each competition will be submitted to our judges. 

The judges will receive a link to the entrant’s Bio, final video and social along with 5 showcase photos and will choose the winners from the shortlist.  

We will create a final video announcing the finals of all three GGBO competitions and will be posted on our channel on Tuesday 20th July 2021. 

The winner of next years competition will get to build alongside the Great Guitar Build Off Invitational Competitors  

The Great guitar build off will be starting its journey to help disadvantaged Luthiers to realise their goals of building stunning instruments. To make this possible we need your help. We will be taking donations throughout the competition on the Great Guitar Build off where 100% of profit will go to providing materials and courses for successful applicants to the fund. 

If you would like to nominate somebody who you feel is deserving of this opportunity, then please drop us an email through the Great Guitar build off Website. Please make sure you have their permission before you nominate them. 

Once the Guitars from the invitational Guitar Build off competition are auctioned, 50% off each sale after fees will go to the builder’s charity of choice and the other 50% will go to helping the Great guitar build off realise its goals and allow disadvantaged budding Luthiers to access Guitar building training.  



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