On 4th September 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, 8 extremely talented guitar builders and YouTube creators released a video on their YouTube channels showcasing the progress of a build of one of Crimson Guitars Ltd Luthiers Kits in attempt to raise as much money for charity as possible.

To decide who won the Great Guitar Build Off was decided upon a mixture of Overall YouTube video views and how much the competitors guitar creation was sold for at auction.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and who contributed to the Great Guitar Build Off. A total of over £30,000 was donated to several different charities! 

Congratulations to Matt and Chris of Texas Toast Guitars, who's guitar "The Hater Maker" sold for a whopping $7,069 on eBay.


The UnOfficial Great Guitar Build Off Challenge - 2020

To compliment the Official Great Guitar Build Off 2020, we decided to give amateur guitar builders the opportunity to show of their guitar building skills and to also win some fantastic prizes!

Like the Official Great Guitar Build Off, all 130+ entrants were required to build a guitar and post their progress videos on YouTube. It was then down to Crimson Guitars very own Ben Crowe to whittle the huge amount of competitors down to 30 entrants.

The public then decided to crown the winner of the UnOfficial Great Guitar Build off...

Laura Poingdestre at Broken Wind with "Violet the Jersey Cow"

UnOfficial Great Guitar Build Off 2020 Winners

** 1st Place - Laura Poingdestre - Broken Wind - YouTube **

  • 1st Prize won Entry into the Official Great Guitar Build Off 2021, a Crimson Kit Guitar of the winners choosing, including a Crimson Essential Fret Levelling and Dressing Toolkit + a pair of ISOtunes + a £50 voucher to spend at the Vintage Tool Shop

** 2nd Place - Jason Makes - Jason Makes - YouTube **

** 3rd Place - Izac Mrgole Magic Attic Guitars - Magic Attic Guitars - YouTube **

** 4th Place - Bogdan - Bogdan Bacila - YouTube **

** 5th Place - Seán Ó Mathúna - Awen Lutherie - Awen Lutherie - Custom Guitars - YouTube

  • 4th + 5th Place received a pair of ISOtunes PRO 1.0 and a pair of ISOtunes XTRA respectively

If you have been inspired by some of the fantastic guitar builds of the 2020 UnOfficial GGBO and would like to enter next years competition please register your interest by clicking the button below.

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