The Great Guitar Build-off
Enter the Freestyle Build Category 2023
There will always be those who think out of the box and have innovative or unusual ideas. Whether you want to build an acoustic guitar, a violin, a ukulele or a Hurdy-Gurdy; this is the Category for you!
The most important rule here is: this instrument needs to be scratch built and to absolutely NOT fit in any of the other categories available in the Great Guitar Build Off.
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?
Whatever you want. Build a Hurdy-Gurdy or a hybrid harp-guitar. Let your imagination run wild, but it HAS to be a functional instrument at the end of the day.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Your instrument needs to be scratch built and to absolutely NOT fit in any of the other categories available in the Great Guitar Build Off.
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...
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 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.
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.
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.