Inlay Design Competition

A polished inlay design represents the hallmark of an instrument that is not only built with the intent of being the ultimate medium of expression, but also one that is meant to be an artistic statement in its own right. We invite all budding designers and enthusiasts alike to send in their ideas of what they would like to see on our guitars. For the month of July 2017, submit your designs for a chance for your art to be showcased all across the world and to be appreciated by players and collectors alike. The deadline for submission is 31 July 2017. We are offering the Grand Prize of a Custom Series Singa-IR CSB for the winning design.

The theme for the design entries are to capture the cultural heritage, ethnic diversity and rich history of our sunny island nation. Through this, we hope to usher in a community of artists to share, tell, and be immersed in the Singapore Story.

We look forward to your contributions, and may your designs impact the world as you intended, and then some.

Submission of entries are now officially closed.

Please follow us on Facebook to vote for the winning entry.

  • The Maestro Inlay Competition is open to everyone.
  • Contestants must submit an original fingerboard inlay design that exhibits Singapore's culture, history, and / or art using the provided mock-up fingerboard in PNG or JPEG format.
  • Contestants can submit their entries from July 1 to July 31, 2017.
  • Prizes
  • 1st Prize: Singa-IR CSB
    2nd Prize: UT-O CSB
    3rd Prize: US-20 LN
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  • Entries must specify intended inlay material. Ex. wood, mother of pearl, abalone. Though it is not necessary to affix the material in the image, doing so will help in visualizing the overall design.
  • Each contestant can submit a maximum of 3 entries.
  • Contestants are not allowed to retract or limit Maestro's use of submitted entry / entries.
  • Criteria for judging are as follows:
  • 35% Overall Design and Execution
    35% Theme and Originality
    10% Practicality
    20% Social Media Likes (Total Facebook and Instagram Likes over the highest FB and IG likes amongst entries)

  • Social Media voting will be from August 2 to 8 (+8 GMT).
  • Winners will be announced on August 9, 2017.
  • Delivery of prize is within 30 days from date of announcement.
  • Contestants will exempt Maestro from any liability or indemnity that may arise from the submitted entry / entries.
  • Contestants will allow Maestro to use submitted designs for future business use. Maestro in return will acknowledge the designer or contributor of such inlays on official product photos posted.
  • Inlay design must not be offensive or degrading to another religion, race, class or ethnicity.
  • Plagiarized or copied entries will warrant automatic disqualification.
  • Contestants can submit an entry using various images downloaded from the web given that it does not infringe someone else’s copyright.