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Guitar Of The Month - January 2019

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for January 20189!

ProjectGuitar.com's Guitar Of The Month contest is a showcase for members to exhibit their creations and to vote on their favourites. The contest is open entry for any and all members, new or old. Winner(s) receive a featured article at the head of the ProjectGuitar.com homepage and elevated member status. ProjectGuitar.com receives tens of thousands of unique visitors monthly; Guitar Of The Month is a great way to showcase your creations to the world!

Submissions are open throughout the month with public voting open in the last week. Polls close on the first weekend of each month.

Lastly, if you didn't win a previous month's Guitar Of The Month contest, you are encouraged to enter your build again the next month for a maximum of three consecutive months. Sometimes one entry just hits it out of the park and eclipses everything!

Tips and Guidelines

  • Upload a maximum of eight photos for the instrument in your post
  • Ensure that your guitar has a name otherwise we'll make one up 😉
  • List additional descriptive information specific to the build; for example....
    • The woods and materials used, especially if there is something unusual in there!
    • Scale length(s) and other specific configuration details
    • Electronics, pickups, etc.
    • Is this your first build, fifth or five-hundredth?
    • A bit of information on your own background as a builder helps give context to your build.
    • Was it built in the garage, at school, work or in your own shop?
    • A summary of the build's history. Was it built for yourself, friend/family or a client? Did you design the instrument and its specifications or was it built to spec?
    • What were the inspirations behind the instrument and why were various build aspects chosen?
    • Any background on what makes it special?
  • Posting a link to your guitar-building website, Photobucket, Facebook, etc. is fine, even if it is your business. In the spirit of fairness towards less experienced builders, we encourage professional builders to consider whether their entries constitute being "fair".
    • Commercial "standard" models are not a valid entry, guys....Guitar Of The Month is about unique and characterful builds, not rubber-stamped production units!
  • We reserve the right to pull entries that are thinly-guised adverts; ProjectGuitar.com is about community, sharing build processes and the exchange of ideas - not a vehicle for adverts by members that don't engage with the community.
  • If you documented your build in the forums, post a link to the thread; instruments with a build thread shared tend to attract more votes from the general community. In our experience this is the biggest attractor of votes.
  • ProTip: Voters vote with their ears as well as their eyes....if you have any soundclips of the instrument or even a YouTube video, do post it! Everybody loves to look at beautiful instruments, but hearing them demo'ed is 10x as important.


Unsure what to write? Have a look around the entry archives for suggestions!


If you have any questions about the contest, either PM me or ask forum members; we're a helpful bunch!

This thread is exclusively for entry posts only - any post that is not an entry will be deleted. We love to hear your discussions and opinions on the month's entries whilst the polls are open. Alternatively, head over to that instrument's build thread if one has been made in the entry post.

Good luck to all entrants!


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Here we go. Big thanks to the projectguitar family for helping me through it.  This is the Mako I

  • Wood - Honduras mahogany body, figured maple top, macassar ebony fretboard
  • Scale Length - 25.5"
  • Compound Radius - 12"-15.6" 
  • Pickups - Tom Anderson pickups H2, SF, SFR (neck)
  • 10 position Freeway Blade switch
  • Master Volume & Tone Pots
  • Push/Pull volume pot to act as a kill switch (standby switch)
  • Schaller Non-Tremelo Bridge

This is my 1st build.  I've done other wood work but nothing to this scale.  Spent about a year reading, researching, and designing before going after it.  I built it in my garage starting with a few tools.  As it progressed I accumulated more and tried different things before moving forward.  Some worked, some really didn't, haha.  

I had an idea of what it was going to be and I didn't think I would break from that plan but I was pleasantly surprised it changed it so much.  As I built it kind of took on its own character and I just went with it.  It definitely took longer to change things but on the artistic side its a lot more pleasing to let the design take its own course.   The other element was how it played. I'm much more a musician than a luthier and I'm really happy how well that turned out.  Sounds nice and smooth with plenty of ringing sustain, some great flexibility, and low consistent action.

The original idea was to take all the elements I love from other guitars and make something unique with all those variables.  I feel I was pretty successful in that regard.  I really enjoyed the whole process and this definitely won't be my last build.







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