The Great Guitar Build Off
Enter the Kit Build Category 2023
Building from a quality guitar kit is one of the very best ways for a novice to get into guitar building but also allows the seasoned professional to really let loose without having to worry about the basics of routing pickup cavities or having to align neck pockets, etc.
Take a guitar kit and make it your own. The rule is: if the neck was made by someone else this is classed as a Kit Build.
Our exclusive Merch for your category will be available soon.
PROFESSIONAL BUILDERS WELCOME
If you make more than 50% of your income from guitar building then you are a pro.. congrats! You can still compete in all three categories but it will be against other professional builders and only for the GLORY.. no prizes this time apart from a cool trophy and a permanent place on the GGBO winners list.
If you have a larger following and want to compete in the Invitational Category then get in touch we would love to hear from you.
FUND RAISING SPONSORED BUILDS
Every build this year will be a sponsored build raising donations for your choice from a selection of music based causes GGBO wants to help.
WHAT CAN I BUILD?
You can build an electric guitar, a Bass guitar. Go for a classic design or let your imagination run wild. As long as it is a functional instrument at the end of the day.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY KIT?
The rule is: if the neck was made by someone else this is classed as a Kit Build.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Only as far as your imagination and skill can take you. Build a twin neck, an 8, 12 or 16 string....Have fun, surprise us.
WHY CHOOSE TO BUILD A KIT?
Building a kit guitar is a great way for a novice to get into guitar building but also allows the seasoned professional to really let loose.
How can we help?
What is the entrance fee?
£50 for all categories with the exception of the Invitational and Community.
WHAT IF I CAN'T AFFORD THE ENTRANCE FEE?
On a case by case basis we will subsidise the entrance fee if you cannot afford to join or do not wish to enter the Community Category.
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes. If you have the ambition to build more then one guitar, feel free to enter another category. You will need to pay both entry fees.
Can I build with a Friend?
Yes. You can build by yourself or with a friend, or in a group. You will, however, only get one profile page and will have to share any prizes should you win.
Who will judge the Competition?
The judging will be done by the builders from all the categories, builders judging builders, plus members of the newly formed Members Community. All contestants and members will be sent newsletters to which they will respond with their top 3 choices for each category ranked first to last. Judging will be split into two parts, the first part will be to choose the winners of the Kit, Scratch and Freestyle Categories. The second part will be to choose the winners of the Invitational Category.
Where can people see my work?
Every entrant will get a profile page on this website with information you provide - a short Bio, a profile pic and links to your Social Media. You will need to send us photos to document your build progress and up to 10 shots of your final guitar for voting; and we will update your profile page.