Guitarist of the Year 2019 winners have been revealed

Guitarist of the Year 2019 finalists
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Earlier this year, we played host to a search for the best electric and acoustic guitar players the world has to offer - and now the results are in!

With star judges ranging from Lari Basilio to Chris Buck to Steve Lukather, plus some assistance from the editors of Guitar World, Guitar Player, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques, the finalists in each category - Young Guitarist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Acoustic Guitarist of the Year - squared off at the UK Guitar Show this past weekend, September 21 and 22. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.