Top Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 prize announced

With the 2019 Acoustic Guitarist of the Year competition well under way, we’re pleased to announce that, for the second year running, category sponsor Takamine Guitars is supplying a fantastic prize.

If you make it as far as the live final at this year's UK Guitar Show in London and impress our judges with your playing, in addition to the prestigious Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 title, you'll walk away with a beautiful Takamine EF341SC dreadnought guitar from their Legacy series.

The EF341SC has been a mainstay for some of the biggest rock and pop acts in the world and would make a great addition to your guitar arsenal.

Alan Scally, Marketing Manager for Takamine distributor Korg UK had this to say about the prize: “Quite simply, this is one of Takamine's most beloved guitars of all time. The EF341SC has been used by artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars, Steve Wariner to Jon Bon Jovi, and many more.

The EF341SC has been used by artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars, Steve Wariner to Jon Bon Jovi

“This dreadnought model is handcrafted in our pro series facility in the Japanese Alps that has been building precision quality instruments over five decades. The versatility of this guitar begins with its solid cedar top that can play sweet mellow passages or power chords with equal ability. 

“The onboard preamp system, paired with the unique Palathetic under-saddle pickup, makes this the quintessential stage guitar. The maple back and sides are a perfect reflector for the tone generated by the soundboard and the gloss black finish looks great under stage lights!"

The Takamine EF341SC acoustic guitar

If the idea of owning and playing this guitar floats your boat, enter the competition today. Entering is easy: All you need to do is film yourself playing, upload the video to YouTube and submit the link using the form below. Don’t forget to read our rules for entering whilst you’re down there.

After the closing date of 3 July 2019, a shortlist of entries will be critiqued by star judges Andy McKee and Molly Tuttle to decide the final three who will perform live in London.

If you’re still unsure whether to enter, last year’s winner Alexandr Misko recently shared his insider tips for entering the competition and our judges have given us insight into what they’ll be looking for. Good luck!

2018 Acoustic Guitarist of the Year winner Alexandr Misko with his Takamine prize guitar

2018 Acoustic Guitarist of the Year winner Alexandr Misko poses with his Takamine prize guitar

Enter the competition here!

8 tips for Acoustic Guitarist of the Year success

1. We need to see you play! No promo-style band videos or miming please.
2. Keep it musical. We’re all for fretboard madness and next-level sonics but not at the price of trusty musicality and genuine mastery of multiple techniques. This competition is open to all types of player.
3. Keep it tight and get to the point fast. Our experts are begging to be impressed, so 15 minutes of noodling won’t make the grade.
4. Make it impressive. Go for it. We want to see the full breadth of your skills in as tight a playing package as possible.
5. Just your best video please! Our experts are busy. Don’t make us wade through multiple entries where one would do.
6. Make it sound and look good! Smartphone audio can work fine, but remember to point the camera at yourself, not at the dog.
7. Want to enter all four categories? ‘Guitarist’, ‘Young Guitarist’, ‘Acoustic Guitarist’ and ‘Bassist’ of the Year? Go for it!
8. The Guitarist of the Year team and judges also want to know about the person behind the playing; use the ‘tell us about yourself box to explain what drew you to the guitar, what styles you favour, the gear you use, and anything else that could make you stand out.


1. All entries must be via videos uploaded to YouTube and submitted through the entry form above. No other emails or points of contact will be accepted.
2. Entries must be received by 23.59 (BST) on 3 July 2019.
3. Young Guitarist of the Year entrants must be 16 or under on 21 September 2019.
4. Don’t call us - we’ll call you if we like what you’re doing.
5. You need to be okay with us sharing your video to our wider online audience, appearing in Future Publishing magazines and playing live on stage at the UK Guitar Show in London on 21 or 22 September. Live performances will be filmed, photographed and live streamed.
6. You need to be available to travel to London for the live final and must cover all your own travel and accommodation costs for the event.
7. As ever, the judge’s decision – picking our finalists and our eventual winner – is final.