Professional Build 2022
A new category to make the whole competition more fair for the hobbyist builders and to promote guitar building businesses to a huge new audience. We are very much looking forward to seeing people start in the hobbyist categories and to then end up competing here, this is what the GGBO is ALL about!
If luthiery is your main income or even if you are a guitar building company with thousands of luthiers this is the category for you. If you only sell a few of your projects to cover costs, don't have a swish website etc etc then you could be better competing in the other categories.. if, however, you want to use this as a platform to launch your new website/range of guitars etc then by all means, show us what you've got!
THE RAFFLE & PRIZES The guitar built will be raffled off in the same way as with the Invitational category. The proceeds will be split between the builder and GGBO thus.
50% - The competing Builder/Guitar company
25% - GGBO
10% - Raffle Licencing
5% of all raffle income in this category will be split between the 2nd and 3rd placing competitors in the category
10% of all raffle income in this category go to the category WINNER
There is one very important proviso, should the raffle not raise enough to guarantee a minimum of £400 going to the builder the winner will receive 75% of the total cash instead of the guitar unless GGBO itself covers the shortfall. We are here to support builders not penalise them for entering.
Funds are only released on safe delivery of the instrument to the winner of the raffle and the builder will have to supply a hard case to guarantee safe shipping of the guitar to the raffle winner.
The top 3 places will be chosen by a closed vote from among all the competing builders in every GGBO category..
The final, or only, video has to be live by the 17th of September with the raffle to win the finished instrument as well as public voting on the winner going live on that day too. After much shameless self promotion over a 6 week period the raffle and voting will end on the last day of October with the winners and amounts raised for good causes announced on the 5th of November in a livestream on the Crimson Guitars YouTube channel.
THE ENTRANCE FEE is £50 for all competitors excepting the invitational, this allows us to cover the administration costs while also leaving as much 'profit' as possible to plough into the real mission of GGBO, helping people who can't afford to to get into this wonderful hobby and career that is guitar building.
On payment of the entrance fee each competitor will be sent a logo/media pack with instructions, a link to purchase an exclusive category specific GGBO Tee if they want one and an private invite to a Builders Area of the website. This is where they will create their own profile, link to all their socials and where they will share the process of their build as it progresses. From the 1st of April this area will be visible to the public and there will be links to everyone's profile on the main site.
THE PERKS... As part of their entry, main sponsor Crimson Guitars, will gift each luthier with a private discount on their luthiers tool and supply store worth 10% off everything on the site (apart from the 3 month & longer in person guitar building courses) and a full 20% off any kit guitars or timber. This coupon will be good for unlimited use up until the final videos go live. Competitors will also be given the option to join the Crimson Guitars affiliates program for fun and profit.
JUDGING & VOTING of all 5 categories in the competition will be performed by all the competitors in GGBO this year, removing the public vote will entirely curtail the voting issues we suffered through last year.
Finally, throughout the competition there will be monthly spot prizes given out to people for everything from the best inlay to the most especially epically edited video or even the most ferocious hairstyle (Ben need not apply).. so get out your curling tongs, I have spoken.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
1st April - You can start building as soon as you know the rules (see above) but are not allowed to post video or photo's of the build to your GGBO profile or YouTube channel until the 1st of April. This is to allow as many people as possible to start their builds properly while removing the head start that early entrants will have otherwise received in their various door-stepping, polling and otherwise hard hitting self promoting activities.
In the same vein the contestants pages will only go live on April 1st! These pages will have links to your GGBO22 profile and all your posts and comments. After this date we will start promoting everyone's builds with ferocity and fire on Crimson Guitars Extras YouTube channel and the GGBO Instagram account there will also be some videos on the main Crimson Guitars channel.
17th September - The Invitational and Professional categories will release their final (or only if they so choose) video on their YouTube channel and the Raffles to win each of these amazing instruments will start on the same day, these will run for 6 weeks ending at the same time as the other categories. Voting in the Invitational and Professional categories will also start on the 17th and will go on for 6 weeks of frenetic self promotion and in-fighting!
1st of October - The Final super-edit video for the three hobbyist and the Professional category, which should not be more than 45 minutes long, will go live. You will not be disqualified if it doesn't and you can post early, see the Rules above.. but your vote garnering will be seriously inhibited without a nice concise video for your fans to lovingly watch and share with all and sundry..
Academy voting in all categories will be open for four weeks, we will poll each participant for their votes for the top builder in each category.
5th of November We will announce the winners of each category in a massive live stream event on the Crimson Guitars YouTube channel. Prizes will be confirmed and we will also be announcing the winners of each raffled guitar. It will be a day of general celebration, parties will had, drinks will quaffed and tears (both of joy and of defeat) will be shed. It will be a day to remember.. and then planning will commence, for of course, there is always GGBO 2023!