Could you be 2019’s Guitarist Of The Year?

The search is now on to find the Guitarist Of The Year 2019.

Our friends across at MusicRadarGuitaristTotal GuitarGuitar TechniquesBass Magazine, Guitar Player and Guitar World have launched the competition to discover the very best talent across four special categories.

We’re looking to find Guitarist Of The Year, Young Guitarist Of The Year, Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year – sponsored by Takamine – and Bassist Of The Year.

The competition gives players across the globe the opportunity to show off their skills to a star panel of judges, with the aim to be crowned Guitarist Of The Year 2019.

The finals will take place at the UK Guitar Show in London on September 21 and 22 – a weekend which also sees the return of World Guitar Day.

Special guitar prizes will also be up for grabs supplied by sponsors PRS and Takamine, along with a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings.

Last year’s winner Gabriel Cyr reports that since clinching the Guitarist Of The Year accolade, he’s had an increase in his profile.

He tells Music Radar: “I had a few interviews with the biggest radios and TV channels in Quebec and I also had a full page in the newspaper. It helped me and my band Universe Effects to promote our last album Desolation and my YouTube channel now has 36,000 subscribers. 

“Before Guitarist Of The Year I only had 300. I’ve also started to do some clinics in Quebec.”

To enter the competition, upload a video of you playing to YouTube and fill out the entry form over at Music Radar between now and 23.59 (BST) on July 3, 2019. 

Further information is also available over at Music Radar.

Good luck!

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.