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Had to go for the frozen queen. It's a classic guitar, sure, but from what I can see the execution looks flawless. Clean work and putting together a cohesive concept across a build that works that seamlessly is a skill.

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wow awsome month they all look like great guitars, quality this month looks top notch so i cant disregard any out for sloppy work. Im gonna have to think about it for a few.

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frozen queen - i think i would love this without the gold hardware.. the headstock shot should have had clipped strings and a straight string tree. but it all looks very nicely done

Whalehazard Sentinel - i like what you have done with the woods - just not sure it matches this shape

Joe's Guitar - i really like the wood choice. not entirely sold on the shape.i think its the extra width in the upper bout, i think i would have liked a slimmer waist to make it all more curvy

SATCH LOTUS - the only downside to this one for me is the back cover, i prefer plain black to unmatched wood. its a close second place for me. i love the finish

Rebellion - i am a fan of open grain finishes, but i think the back looks a bit like plastic because its gloss and open grain. personally i would make it matte/satin. loving the inlay work

Jazzy Java - there a few design elements that dont work for me. firstly, the size of the neck join. its smaller than i would be comfortable with. Secondly, the positioning of the shape. I really like the shape, i just think it needs rotating around slightly. i.e. leave the centre point on the rear end as it is, but move the centre point at the neck end towards the treble side by about an inch. this would make the bass side horn a bit more prominent which i think would balance better visually.. may also make it more like a tokai talbo. i think the forum really needs a tutorial on how you did the pickups... i am assuming there is something cleverer going on there than just installing them before gluing on the top (bad, bad idea!)

Dragonfly - you know what, i hesitated to vote for it because its blue quilted maple. if anyone thinks i am voting for it because of that then they need to open their eyes. attention to detail and quality of work is impressive, as is the difficulty of some of those features, like snakewood binding! Plus the fact its all done so perfectly, and of course photographed well enough that we can see it. only thing i dont like is the jaunty angle of the controls due to the carve as seen in the first side on shot... but i understand why i would rather have them like that than change the carve (inside and out) on such a guitar. oh, i would actually prefer it with a spruce top and a natural or burst finish

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Ha, it didn't hit me until I read Wez's post that I had voted for a blue quilted maple top. :D

And with gold hardware, no less.

My typical aversion to those two elements barely even registered amongst the splendor of everything else about this guitar.

Actually, the gold looks great in conjunction with the black alumitones and the snakewood tuner buttons.

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Wez, thanks for the constructive feedback.

I assume that your observations regarding being comfortable with the size fo the neck join are in terms of strength, not physical comfort - it's really comfortable to play up into the high frets. I certainly agree that it looks small from a mechanics point of view, but it's not moved after nearly 3 weeks being strung up with 14-67 strings, and touch wood will stay that way. That said, next time I would have the pocket extending further onto the neck.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by making the bass side horn more prominent. If I move the centre point toward the treble at the neck, wouldn't that bing the bass horn in and make it less prominent? I'm at work at the moment, but I'll try to do a couple of mockups with changes to the visual balance of the horns. (better to post it here or start another thread?)

I am honoured that you'd like to see how I did the pickups. It's not an original technique, and you'll be relieved to hear that it's not just installing them before glueing on the top. Because e body is hollowed, I could maneuver one end of the pickup into the cavity and then bring it into position. I glued the springs into position with hot glue first, then used gift wrapping ribbon around the pickup to have something to manipulate the pickup into position and to pull up on it while engaging the screws into the holes. Happy to do a tute if you think it will help.

Looking forward to more comments.

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It's not an original technique, and you'll be relieved to hear that it's not just installing them before glueing on the top. Because e body is hollowed, I could maneuver one end of the pickup into the cavity and then bring it into position. I glued the springs into position with hot glue first, then used gift wrapping ribbon around the pickup to have something to manipulate the pickup into position and to pull up on it while engaging the screws into the holes. Happy to do a tute if you think it will help.

AlexVDL did the same thing on his neck through silver guitar years ago..but his was not hollow,he actually prerouted the body wings before glue up so that he could slide it in,and he used solder on the springs instead of hot glue.it was and is a brilliant look.

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Frozen Queen - it's hard NOT to like a guitar with a white body and gold hardware... love the grain on the fretboard.

Whalehazard Sentinel - AWESOME job, especially for second build - like the liberty you took not only the cool body shape, but the ornamental aspect as well. KILLER binding work too.

Joe's Guitar - LOVE what the grain does on that top around the stars - the binding is a nice touch with providing contrast from top & sides.

Satch Lotus - Nice work from 1 block of wood - the colors are awesome too! Looks like it plays as smooth as it looks.

Rebellion - nice "Battle Axe"" ya have there - great curves, but I think I would be hitting that selector switch every time I did my Pete Townsend! Very cool inlay work too - wish you could have given a close-up of the back of the neck, but you were stuck with only posting 4 pics!

Jazzy Java: SCHWEET gee-tar! Sexy curves - looks like a wood tulip of sorts. LOVE the choices of wood - this IS a one-of-a-kind for sure!

Dragonfly - This guitar won my vote = not just because of the fact that it's more of an acoustic than an electric (But looks the other way around) but the complex construction, choice of woods/colors, really impressed me. Any guitar that has blue and wood (brown to beige) with an accent of the darker brown and black spots from snakewood is bound to catch the most discriminating eyes(like mine). Love the bridge as well - snakewood is very popular on violin bows and there's something cello-ee/violin-ee about that bridge. The black limba looks like spalted maple on steroids. The only thing I might suggest is you put a set of jazz strings on it (with the wound G) before you give it to me.

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AlexVDL did the same thing on his neck through silver guitar years ago..but his was not hollow,he actually prerouted the body wings before glue up so that he could slide it in,and he used solder on the springs instead of hot glue.it was and is a brilliant look.

I'm sure it was Alex VDL's thread that I saw the technique...standing on the shoulders of giants. I tried solder first, but found hot glue easier.

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frozen queen - Im a big Jem7 fan so white with gold hardware is fine by me. Id have made the headstock inlay a little bigger & straightened the string tree. But i like this, very cool.

Whalehazard Sentinel - Something about this realy works for me but I cant figure out what it is :D But it is very moreish if you know what I mean.

Joe's Guitar - I think a slightly narrower waist & smaller upper bout would make it less huge looking. It seems to be ultra jumbo, if you get me. But still realy cool. The wood grain on the front is excellent & the stars are an excellent touch.

SATCH LOTUS - Well I built this one, so its not for me to point out the groovieness, but I do wish I had gotten better piks. Ah well :D

Rebellion - The top horn seems a little thin for my taste. otherwise this is spot on.

Jazzy Java - Funky shape kinda reminds me of Patrick from Sponge bob. I like the hardware & the overall shape but that neck joint is freaking me out. Id have to redo that if it were my own guitar. But its still cool to see something this out of the ordinaly here.

Dragonfly - This gets my vote. Hands down the best thing Iv seen in a long time. Im a fan of Myka's stuff & its nice to see someone elses take on it. Apart from the alumatones it has all the componants I would put into a build for myself, fine example of guitar porn. Flawless execution accross the board.

Although I think you should be made apologise for the blue quilt & making the rest of us look like untrained lobotomised chimps hacking away at timber with blunt hatchets.

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i would like to express my opinion....my guitar "Frozen Queen" is part of this voting.No matter the result ,i am verry happy to see other's people work,get inspiration and progress.The guitars are not simple guitars..the are our souls,they express our deeper love for wood,and are not souless.If they were from factory they would have nothing to "speak"..now they all "speak",and show the artist deeper soul...

We must all know that all guitars hide endless days of work and every judjing attempt is not correct..

i personally wana thank once again every luthier here for the inspiration they offer...the simpler detail in a guitar can give me the flame to take my next guitar to the next level..

good luck to everybody!!!!

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i would like to express my opinion....my guitar "Frozen Queen" is part of this voting.No matter the result ,i am verry happy to see other's people work,get inspiration and progress.The guitars are not simple guitars..the are our souls,they express our deeper love for wood,and are not souless.If they were from factory they would have nothing to "speak"..now they all "speak",and show the artist deeper soul...

We must all know that all guitars hide endless days of work and every judjing attempt is not correct..

i personally wana thank once again every luthier here for the inspiration they offer...the simpler detail in a guitar can give me the flame to take my next guitar to the next level..

good luck to everybody!!!!

I dont know theo. Personaly I like the judging. We all understand that there is no malice involved, just one artist/artizan giving their opinion on anothers work. Without it a lot of stuff would get missed, for exampe the back panel on my own build. I had not realised it stood out so much when making it, now its bugging me. I will be more mindfull of this on future builds.

BTW, thats a nice tele, reaaaly nice tele :D

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