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!

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What you need to do as an GGBO contender. 

1st Feb go to GGBO website and enter. 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 the Unofficial GGBO and will be posted on our channel on Tuesday 20th July 2021 for all three competitions. 

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 proceeds 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.  


Each Builder will be given the opportunity to choose one of the 4 Luthiers kits that Crimson Guitars currently offers: the T-type, the S-type, the MF and the SRP kits

It is entirely up to the Builder how they customise and complete the Guitar.


Once every Builder has completed their guitar and released the video or videos about their builds; the voting platform will go live on the website which you can vote on by donating to your makers charity. Every pound/ vote donated to the charity will push your favourite builder one step closer to winning the Great Guitar Official Build Off while raising money for a great cause.


The Winner of the Great Guitar Build Off will be decided through a combination of the amount that the finished Guitar is raffled for, and the number of views on the final reveal video for each builder.
There will be a percentage who watch every makers video and then after that just the fans of the Maker.  We will take the video with the most views and for that Maker every vote/pound donated to the makers charity will be worth 1 vote.
If you get, for example, half as many views as the most viewed video then all your votes/pounds spent are worth twice as much as the votes for the most watched video in the competition.  It basically evens out the playing field as much as humanly possible.



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