Design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin

Winner Announced On
November 16, 2012
Richard Hawley is inviting artists and creators to take inspiration from his brand new Mercury Music Prize shortlisted album 'Standing At The Sky's Edge' to design a brand new Gretsch® Guitar skin that will be presented to Richard.

Sheffield born Hawley released his seventh album 'Standing at the Sky's Edge' in May 2012 to critical acclaim. Returning to his guitar roots, he has produced a modern, psychedelic album. With tracks including 'Leave Your Body Behind You', 'She Brings The Sunlight' and new single, ‘Seek It’, there is plenty to take inspiration from when submitting your designs. The album is out now, order it here.

Participants must use the provided template to create their designs.
Richard Hawley is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. Gretsch® Guitar fanatic, Richard Hawley has previously worked with musicians, including Hank Marvin, A Girl Called Eddy, Pulp, Longpigs and Jarvis. He played the guitar solo on All Saints' cover version of "Under the Bridge," and co-wrote Robbie Williams' song "Clean" from his debut album.

"I chose the tree design over all the other ideas because it just worked visually on a Gretsch 6120 because of its simplicity. The 6120 is a design classic and is already busy enough to look at but the roots/tree idea works so well as it uses the only "dead" space on the body shape. It also fits with my ideas for the album. The only regret I have is that I won't own a guitar with this fantastic design. It was very hard to choose as there were so many really amazing and beautiful ideas. I think Fred Gretsch would love it as much as I do." - Richard Hawley

Gretsch® production began in the late 1930's and Gretsch® Guitars became highly sort after in the late 1950's and 60's. Fans of Gretsch® Guitars include, Bruno Mars, Neon Trees, Lisa-Marie Presley and Eddie Cochran.

The winning design will be turned into a skin for Richard's Gretsch® Guitar and presented to him.

In addition, the winner will receive:

  • A Gretsch® Guitar valued at $1,200
  • A feature in Clash Magazine
  • A pair of VIP tickets to a Richard Hawley gig*
  • Exposure on Richard Hawley's Facebook page with their design featured as his timeline image
  • Exclusive signed merchandise
*Travel and accommodation not included
One highest voted artist will receive:
  • Exclusive signed merchandise
  • Exposure on Richard Hawley's social media channels
Richard Hawley will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
  • Participants must be over 18 years old
  • This opportunity is open globally to participants, however please note, travel and accommodation to Richard's gig will not be included
  • Participants must use the provided template to create their designs
  • Participants must retain their original artwork should they be chosen as a winner
  • Designs must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials)
  • Participants must include a description about their design
  • Inappropriate or harmful submissions will be removed
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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Key Dates
  • Submit By: October 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: October 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: November 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: November 16, 2012