Your Guitarist of the Year judges are Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Mark Tremonti

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As Guitarist of the Year returns bigger and better than ever for 2018, we’re delighted to reveal that this year’s judges are guitar legends Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Mark Tremonti.

The three superstar players are onboard to judge your entries to our competition to find the world’s greatest amateur guitarist, with the winner set to be revealed at the UK Guitar Show in London on 29 September.

Guitarist of the Year 2018

Past Guitarist of the Year winners include Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Hans Zimmer) and Dave Kilminster (David Gilmour, Steven Wilson). This year’s competition could uncover the guitar heroes of the future - and that could be you!

Finalists will be selected by a panel of star judges and industry experts, with the finals taking place live on stage at the UK Guitar Show in London on 29 September, tying in perfectly with World Guitar Day 2018!

In addition to the prestigious title, winners will walk away with an exclusive prize haul from the biggest names in guitar.

Entering the competition is easy: simply upload a video of your playing to YouTube and send the link to with the subject line ‘Guitarist’, ‘Young Guitarist’ or ‘Acoustic Guitarist’, depending on which category you want to enter.

The Guitarist of the Year team and judges also want to know about the person behind the playing; tell us where you're from, what drew you to the guitar, what styles you favour, the gear you use, and anything else that could make you stand out.

Our judges will be revealing their tips for success in the run-up to the show, but in the meantime, head over to our guide on how to enter and how to win.

We'll be announcing judges for our Acoustic and Young Guitarist of the Year categories in the following weeks, too, so watch this space…

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