The Great Guitar Build-off
Enter the Scratch Build Category 2023
This has been the most popular category, and we look forward to some amazing builds.
Build a Guitar, Bass Guitar or some combination of the two. As always, we are excited to see what you can build using raw materials, the tools of your choice, including CNC or 3D Printer, plus your creativity.
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?
Build a Guitar from scratch or a Bass guitar, the choice is yours, you can even create a mash-up fo the two!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN SCRATCH?
Your project should start as uncut blocks of wood for the body and neck of your guitar. Take the raw materials of your choice and smoosh them together with some strings and a pickup or two...
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.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
This is the most popular category based on last year's numbers so while competition will be fierce the prize will be well worth the trouble.
Chances are, the answer to your questions are here. If not contact us directly.
WHAT IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?
THE ENTRANCE FEE is £50 for all categories with the exception of the Invitational and Community.
What if I can't afford the entrance fee?
In the spirit of the GGBO, if you cannot afford the entry fee, please contact us and we will - on a case by case basis- offer a 50% subsidy.
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.
How do I promote my entry?
Once you pay your entry fee you will get access to a downloadable Media Pack with instructions. This will include the logos for this category that you can use in all your content.
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.