Gretsch Sound of Honor Contest Official Rules


  2. This Promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed administered, associated with or certified by Instagram. All questions, comments or complaints regarding this Promotion should be directed to the Sponsor at the address listed below and not to the social media platforms listed above. All Instagram logos and trademarks displayed on this promotion are property of Instagram, Inc.

  3. THE CONTEST AND YOUR AGREEMENT. Please read the following Official Rules carefully before deciding whether to submit your entry to the Gretsch Sound of Honor ("the Contest") via or ("Websites"), which is powered by Strutta ("Administrator") and made available to you by Gretsch Guitars/Fender Musical Instruments (“Gretsch,” “Gretsch Guitars,” “FMIC” or “Sponsor”), whose registered office is at 17600 North Perimeter Drive, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-5440. By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judges and Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Void in any state/province/country not listed above and where prohibited by law, rule or regulation.

    By entering into the Contest outlined below, you are entering into an electronic contract with Sponsor to be bound by these Official Rules governing the Contest. By participating in the Contest, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judges and Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. In addition, you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions governing use of, pursuant to which you make certain representations to Gretsch Guitars and grant Gretsch Guitars certain license rights to use your Contest entry and other submitted content. For more information about Gretsch's Terms and Conditions, click here.

    Furthermore, you are agreeing to use of certain of your personal information by Gretsch as set forth in the Privacy Policy. For more information about Gretsch Guitars Privacy Policy, click here. Gretsch encourages you to print and keep a copy of these Official Rules for your records.

  4. DURATION: The Contest begins at 9:01 AM PST time on May 24, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST time on July 2, 2018 ("Term").

      Contest Call to Entry Period: Begins at or about 09:00:00 AM PST on May 24, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PST on July 2, 2018 Contest Judging Period: Begins at or about 9:00:00 AM PST on July 3, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 AM PST on July 17, 2018 Contest Winner Announcement: The 'Contest Winner' will be announced on July 18, 2018.

  5. ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least eighteen (18) (except Alabama and Nebraska, 19 and 21 in Mississippi) years of age or older at the time they enter the Promotion. Also eligible are legal residents of Australia, Austria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, who have reached majority age in the state/province/country at the time they enter the Promotion. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Employees of Sponsor or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, or agencies, or members of their immediate families, or persons living in same household of each, are not eligible to enter or win.

  6. HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to enter the Promotion, as detailed below:

    1. WEBSITE: Visit or (the "Websites") during the Promotion Period. You must completely enter your true and correct information on the registration form in the required fields (required fields include: Full Name, Email Address and Country). Upon submitting the registration form, you will be asked to upload one (1) photo (your “Entry”). Image submissions cannot exceed 5MB. Each Entry must be unique to be valid. After submission of your Entry, you will be directed to the thank you page where you will have the opportunity to share the Promotion with others via social media.
    2. Log in your Instagram account and post a photo of your Gretsch guitar and/or playing your Gretsch guitar during the Promotion Period. For the caption of each posted photo, enter any appropriate descriptive text or caption, as well as the hashtag #GretschSoundofHonorContest and (collectively the photo and associated text are your "Entry"). Entrants must have their Instagram account made public. Entries must include the #GretschSoundofHonorContest. Each Entry must be unique to be valid. Only one (1) entry per person is permitted, regardless of method of entry.

    In order to participate through Instagram, you must have a valid, public Instagram account. Instagram accounts are free to create at and you must accept the terms and conditions of Instagram upon creating an account. If you opt to use a mobile device to submit an Entry data rates may apply to the Entry and all other mobile communications, including but not limited to additional Entries (if applicable).

    By submitting you hereby grant permission for your Entry to be posted on, or other websites, including Gretsch's official social media platforms. Online entries will be deemed made by the authorized social media account holder. No entries may be submitted on behalf of another person. The use of automatic or robotic entry devices is strictly prohibited. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged. All entries are the property of Sponsor. By participating, you represent and warrant that the information that you supply at the time of entry is true, accurate, current and complete. Sponsor reserves the right to verify the authenticity and accuracy of all information provided through the Website.

    You are solely responsible for your own Submission and the consequences of submitting your Contest Entry to Sponsor, as well as the consequences of having your Submission posted if we select it for posting. In providing us with your Submission, you are representing and warranting to Sponsor that your Submission is your own work, which can be and is being freely given to Sponsor, and that you have the unqualified right and ability to submit it to Sponsor for use in relation to the Contest. By entering your Submission, you further agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor harmless from any and all third party claims, demands and suits charging that the Submission infringes upon on or constitutes a misappropriation of a third party's intellectual property rights.

    Please exercise discretion, judgment and respect before entering your Submission. Your Submission may be posted on the Internet on a publicly available website. As a result, please use discretion in disclosing any personal information in your Submission. Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

    • Submission may not be sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity;
    • Submission may not promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message;
    • Submission may not be obscene or offensive, or endorse any form of hate or hate group;
    • Submission may not defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks;
    • Submission may not contain or promote any third party trademarks, logos, brand, product or trade dress, or contain any personal identification, such as personal names, without prior written permission from the owner of such rights/information;
    • Submission may not violate or infringe upon any other person's intellectual property rights, including without limitation an individual's right to privacy or right of publicity;
    • Submission may not contain materials owned, or reasonably considered to be proprietary by others (including photographs or text) without express prior written permission from the owner;
    • Submission may not contain any license plate numbers, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, or street addresses;
    • Submission may not depict anything, and cannot itself be, in violation of any law.
    • You may not impersonate any other person in providing Sponsor your Submission.

    Sponsor reserves the absolute right to deem any Submission inappropriate and/or disqualified for any reason. By entering your Submission, you are in no way guaranteed that your Submission can, or will be posted on Sponsor's web or social media pages. In the event that your Submission is posted on the website or Sponsor's Social Networking Pages, Sponsor reserves the absolute right to remove any posted Submission at any time, without notice, for any or no reason.

  7. Judging: Begins at about 9:00:00 AM PT on July 3, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 AM PT on July 17, 2018. The judging panel, selected by the Sponsor, will score guitar entries separately from drum entries. Each entry received through the Contest Entry Period up to the maximum amount of points allowed. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

    • Color, Lighting, Exposure and Focus (25%)
    • Incorporation of the Gretsch brand/product (25%)
    • Originality (10%)
    • Creativity (20%)
    • Expression of Theme 10%
    • Memorable (10%)

    Entries that do not contain all required entry information, or are considered inappropriate for any reason are not eligible. One (1) entry with the highest score from the Judges will be selected as the Contest Winner. In the event of a tie, an additional "tie-breaking" judge (Fred Gretsch) will be brought in to evaluate the tied entries, based on the Judging Criteria above. Sponsor reserves the right not to award all or to choose fewer than one (1) Contest Prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

  8. WINNER NOTIFICATION: The potential prize-winner will be notified by email, phone or direct message on a social account, depending on method of entry. The potential winner must have his/her social account made public. Potential winner will have forty-eight (48) hours to respond to winning notification before forfeiting their prize. Any winner of a prize package valued at $600 or more will be sent an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release via email. All forms must be completed, signed, notarized and returned to Administrator within forty-eight (48) hours of date of issuance. A potential winner becomes the "Winner" only after verification of eligibility by Sponsor. If such potential winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable time period, if the potential winner is ineligible, if any notification is returned undeliverable, or if the potential winner otherwise fails to fully comply with these Official Rules, he/she will forfeit that prize and an alternate winner will be selected from among all remaining entries.

  9. PRIZES/PRIZE RESTRICTIONS A total of one Grand Prize Winner will be awarded during the Promotion as detailed below:

    One (1) Gretsch G5420TG Electromatic® 135th Anniversary LTD Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigsby® guitar ($949.99 ARV). Actual cost may vary. Prizes are non-transferable, may not be substituted by the prize winner, and are not redeemable for cash. All taxes, fees, duties, surcharges, if any, associated with the redemption of the prize are the responsibility of the winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for adequate reason to be decided in the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

  10. PRIZE LIMITATIONS: Limit of one (1) Contest Prize per person/per household. If it is discovered during prize verification you have entered, attempted to enter, or used multiple accounts to enter more than the stated limit, you will be disqualified at the discretion of the administrator, or will be void. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or which subvert the entry process, are void. All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

  11. OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and grant Sponsor a non-exclusive, fully paid-up and royalty-free, worldwide license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate your Entry, including without limitation the right to distribute all or part of your Entry in any media formats through any media channels. By submitting an Entry, you consent to the use, by Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, and licensees, of your name, likeness, and image, in connection with the Event and Sponsor's related marketing activities, in any media or format now known or hereafter invented, in any and all locations, without any payment to or further approval from you. You agree that this consent is perpetual and cannot be revoked. For uses beyond the consent that you grant above, you agree that Sponsor's use of your personal data will be governed by the Privacy Policy posted on the Sponsor's website.

  12. GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: Prize will only be awarded by Sponsor upon potential winners' verification of eligibility and final approval by Sponsor. No prize substitution, cash equivalent of prizes, transfer or assignment of prizes is permitted, except by Sponsor which reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion.

  13. MISCELLANEOUS: Promotion Parties are not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, garbled, damaged, delayed, undelivered or misdirected entries, all of which are void. Entries will be considered to be entered by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address or Instagram username submitted at time of entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules and Instagram Terms and Conditions located at The authorized account holder is deemed as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. By entering the Promotion, you recognize and agree that the registration information provided by you will be made available to Sponsor; use of such information will be governed by Sponsor's privacy policy found at Upon entering the Promotion, winners grant Sponsor the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use world-wide in any media now known or later developed, the winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, city and state of residence, and biographical information for any purpose, including but not limited to, in advertisements, publicity, and other communications, worldwide, in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law. You agree to comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges shall be binding and final.

  14. RELEASE: As a condition of entering the Promotion, you agree that (1) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, and any claims, judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket expenses; (2) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form class action; and (3) in no event will you be entitled to receive attorneys' fees. BY ENTERING THE PROMOTION, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS PROMOTION PARTIES AND THE RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND AGENTS OF EACH, FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, AND PROPERTY, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, WHICH MAY BE DUE TO OR ARISE OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, OR THE ACCEPTANCE, USE/MISUSE OR POSSESSION OF PRIZES, OR ANY PRIZE-RELATED TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY. YOU WAIVE ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

  15. DISCLAIMER: Promotion Parties are not responsible for printing or typographical errors in these Official Rules or in any Promotion-related materials. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual that tampers with the entry process. Sponsor also reserves the right to terminate, suspend, cancel or modify the Promotion and award the prizes for the Promotion from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received (i) as of the date of termination using the judging procedure outlined above if for any reason this Promotion is not capable of running as planned due to any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other causes that may corrupt or impair the integrity, fairness or proper play of the Promotion. Promotion Parties are not responsible or liable for any events which may cause errors and/or the Promotion to be stopped, including but not limited to any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, nor are they responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone, network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or cable, satellite, or Internet Service Providers, computer equipment, software or any other failure of any email or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to yours or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Promotion or downloading any materials in this Promotion. Promotion Parties are not responsible for computer, mechanical, technical, electronic, network or other errors or problems, including any errors or problems that may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of Entries, or in any other Promotion-related materials. The Promotion Parties may stop you from participating in this Promotion if you violate Official Rules or act, in Sponsor's sole discretion: (a) in a manner Sponsor determines to be not fair; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or the Sponsor; or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Should more prizes be awarded through a computer, hardware, or software malfunction, error or failure, or for any other reason, in any prize category, than are stated for that category in the Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the number of prizes stated in the Official Rules for that category. In no event will more prizes be awarded than that listed in Section 7. CAUTION: ANY ACT OR ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, PROMOTION PARTIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL(S) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. CHOICE OF LAW AND JURISDICTION: Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or winners, Sponsor, and administrator in connection with this Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Arizona, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Arizona or any other jurisdiction), which might otherwise cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Arizona. Any action seeking legal or equitable relief arising out of or relating to the Promotion or these Official Rules shall be brought only in the courts of the State of Arizona. You hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive any claim of forum non-convenience or lack of personal jurisdiction they may have.

  16. PRIVACY:Except as noted in these Official Rules, information collected for this Promotion is used only for the purpose of Promotion administration and winner notification and will not be re-used, sold or shared in any manner by the Promotion Parties or any third parties unless you have elected to receive additional information or promotional material from the Sponsor, or a third party. By participating in the Promotion, participant agrees to all of the terms and conditions of the Sponsor's Privacy Policy, which is available at In the event of any discrepancy between the Sponsor's Privacy Policy and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall control and govern.

  17. TAX INFORMATION:All federal, state, local, and other taxes on prizes and any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, are the sole responsibility of the applicable winner. If the Contest Winner is a resident of the United States, a 1099 tax form will be issued to them.

  18. WINNERS LIST: To receive a list of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by August 31, 2018 to: Gretsch Sound of Honor Contest, 17600 North Perimeter Drive, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-5440

  19. SPONSOR: Gretsch Guitars, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, 17600 North Perimeter Drive, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-5440

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