Guitar Riff-Off Competition

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | October 31, 2018

Do you have what it takes to win the 2018 Guitar Riff-Off Competition title? If so, submit your rocking effort online via Instagram 


The junior division is open to all guitarists who are under 16 on the date of the competition. 

The open division is open to all guitarists aged 16 and up.

How to Enter

Record yourself playing your 30 second of fame and upload to Instagram with hashtag #GuitarRiffOff and specify which division you fall under. If our esteemed judges like what they hear; we’ll be in touch!

Winners to be announced on 27 November 2018.


Junior Divisions​

  • Ernie Ball Hamper
  • R250 PBM Music Voucher
  • Winners Certificate and bragging rights for a year!

Open Division

  • Ernie Ball Hamper
  • R500 PBM Music Voucher
  • Winners trophy and bragging rights for a year!

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Rules and Limitations

  • Anything Goes!
    • Any genre, any style.
    • Do you want to showcase your newest solo, or old maybe a favourite crowd pleaser?
    • Do you want to shred over a backing track or blow everyone’s hair back with huge chugging riffs?
    • What about a jazz licks?
    • Whether acoustic, electric – literally Anything Goes!

      As long as it meets our criteria – you’re in!

  • Let’s have some fun!
    • The aim here is not to find the next Clapton, Chatkin or Satriani; but simply to have some fun.
      The winner will not necessarily be the best guitarist – but rather the most entertaining riff or solo
  • Thirty Second time limit 
    • No matter what solo or riff you play, you will have 30 seconds to show your stuff.
  • Solo Performances
    • This competition is looking for the best solo guitarist – just you and your axe.
    •  FX is allowed, as long as the solo or riff is performed live
  • No Vocals
    • No vocals or backing-tracks will be allowed. Again, the aim to find the best solo guitarist!
  • Judges Decision is Final
    •  Each contestant will be judged according to originality, style, and technical ability. The judge’s decision will be final
  • Social Media and Online 
    •  Submit your best effort to Instagram using #……
  • Local is Lekka
    • Competition is open to anyone currently residing in South Africa


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