1. A very good idea, should have been done years ago.
2. The prizes seem like a good idea. The system benefits luthiers yet unknown.
If you are a pro with a year long waiting list and you sell your guitars for 5000 €, getting a chance to sell two of your yearly production for half prize (first prize is 2500 €) is not that attractive.
On the other hand to get your guitars sold by GSI is maybe the best thing to happen to a new in bizz.
3. ¨It must be completely finished and hand-made, in its entirety, by the contestant himself.¨ Quite clear, but the ready-made items could have been listed as they are not so many.
4. All the members of the jury have some kind of relation to building(+ one salesman)
and I don´t think that it is necessarily a good thing.
I don´t think that a guitarist with guitar building experience is more qualified to sit in the board than ¨just a guitarist¨. Very few of us have ever build a guitar but we are the customers and in the end the guitarists set the rules = which is a good guitar and which is not.
A world known guitarist or two(and not from Spain) in the jury would balance things better and give more international esteem.
5. I really hope this competition will be arranged regularly.
Antonio Marin nr. 813 1995 (Bouchet)
Vesa Kuokkanen 2016