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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for May 2019!

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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I'll kick off Mays entries then, I call it the 3.2 - originally this was my third build that I made last summer. It was made entirely from ovangkol and sounded great but weighed over 12lb before even installing hardware and pickups, so this year I unset the neck, skimmed the top off the body, hollowed it out, carved a maple cap with f hole and created a new neck (my inlay work was rubbish and I didn't like the feel of the ovangkol fretboard) resulting in a build that I'm super happy with but couldn't have done it without the help of a couple of members here (you know who you are). Many thanks!

It's setup in drop C as it will be my work-horse for the band at least until I've finish the Ziricote build :D 

Build thread: 


Body: 2-piece Ovangkol carved body heavily chambered
Top: 2-piece flamed maple carved w/ 335 style f-hole
control covers: ovankol carved to match body contours
1-piece Ovangkol neck
- gabon ebony fretboard w/ 4mm abalone doy inlays, abalone side dots
- 21mm thick with D shape carve from nut to heel (17th fret)
Neadstock: Gabon ebony w/ abalone celluloid inlay, gabon ebony truss rod cover
Frets: 24 medium jumbo stainless steal
- top: Crimson red over black waterbased stain w/poly gloss clearcoat
- body: Natural poly clearcoat semi gloss (so I don't blind the drummer)
- neck Danish oil
Tuners: Sperzel trim lock nickel gloss
Bridge: Schaller signum gloss nickel
Pickups: PRS Vintage bass, PRS HFS
- switchcraft 3-way toggle
- 1 volume w/treble bleed
- 1 tone
- 2x minitoggle coilsplit switches
- Ebony lampshade control knobs
Final Weight: 8lb 13oz

The original build


The final version














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NAME: The Sweet Spot - Blue





neck is flamed maple sourced locally from superior hardwoods
the body back is 1 piece khaya mahog sourced locally from peterman lumber
the top is 1/4" quilted maple I got from downhomewoods
the fretboard and headstock overlay are gabon ebony from allenguitar
mother of pearl inlays were pendants I bought on etsy



SPECS: 25" scale length | 12" radius | set neck | 17 degree headstock | heel adjust via fretboard | 30" radius top | Tru Oil finish




PICKUPS: a mix from 3 different handwound sets from bootstrap pickups.  
CONTROLS: 1 volume, 1 rotary 6 way, and a push-pull active-mid-boost.  Bourns pots, oak grigsby switch, stew mac 6 way, switchcraft jack
FUNCTIONALITY: 6 way mode switch serves up all sorts of parallel/series and inside/outside combos... approximating tele, strat, les paul and prs like sounds.
TRUSS ROD: Allied Lutherie spoke wheel double-action
TREMOLO: Gotoh/Wilkinson VS100 2 point
TUNERS: Sperzel trim lock
FRETWIRE: Evo gold medium jumbo
NUT: Graph Tech TusqXL




I build for the love of it.  Building is my "shelter from the storm", my therapy (about the sm price and a better value IMHO)! 

This is scratch build #3 for me, so in short... I'm all amatuer!




I have some woodworking experience as a young man, have built 10 or more partscasters.

This was built mostly in my garage... assembled in my home office, and finished mostly in my kitchen (thank you honey and sorry about the table)!




This was built for me... I wanted to pick features that would challenge me (nailed it!).  
The radius top, the binding that would move in two dimensions, the truss access via the fretboard - these were all things I had never done before and wasn't sure I could do.  There were times I wanted to ask questions, but forced myself to think on it and see if I could solve it. There were times I gave up and asked for help (BINDING among others!).  
Fortunately, when I've stumbled, many of the members here have lifted me up, encouraged me, and even cheered me on! 

Thank you all!


I've wanted to do a 4 pickup strat for a long time.  The idea festered in my mind for a while and finally worked it's way out!
My favorite positions on a strat are 2 and 4... aka the "sweet spots", but I also like a high output bridge pickup and hum cancelling for when I do heavier noodling.  
I've tried higher output bridge singles in a strat but that seems to compromise the mixing of the coils (the higher output coil always dominating).  
I've put in a strat sized humbucker, but they don't sound as good split.  
I've used a full sized humbucker with two singles, but it feels like you compromise that strat 2 position a bit.  
All perfectly great solutions by the way. 

I chose to compromise a little more on the humbucker sound (after all, there is the physical separation and the magnetic poles instead of bar mags).  I felt like there might be less compromise in terms of the strat 2/4 sounds with a four single coil setup.




VIDEO DEMONSTRATION (click play below - would love your feedback!):


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