Guitar World, Guitar Player and Bass Player have begun the search for 2020’s Guitarist of the Year. Categories include Electric Guitarist, Acoustic Guitarist, Bassist, Young Guitarist (age 17 and under) and a new contest, Guitar Teacher of the Year! 


We are dedicated to inspiring and lifting up musicians worldwide, and that extends to future guitarists and those who teach them. Which is why the Guitarist of the Year awards have partnered with NAMM Foundation to celebrate incredible guitar teachers and donate a portion of all proceeds towards funding music education.  


It's time to enter the biggest guitar-based talent search of the year!  

In addition to walking away with prizes supplied by sponsors, contest winners will be featured in Guitar World and Guitar Player / Bass Player and get plenty of YouTube and online exposure; in fact, videos of the finals of the past two years have generated more than 4 million views.

The 2020 finalists will be selected by Guitar World/Guitar Player/Bass Player editors and star judges, including John Petrucci, Tracy Wormworth, Molly Tuttle and Lzzy Hale. Past Guitarist of the Year winners include Dave Kilminster (David Gilmour, Steven Wilson) and Guthrie Govan.


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