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Entry for July 2019's Guitar Of The Month is now open!


Guitar Of The Month - July 2019

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for July 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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This is #3½ of my builds and thus the latest completed one. Let's call her OR-Git since most of the wood has come from the outlet of the OR parquet factory in Mikkeli, Finland.

As said, the woods aren't actual guitar woods.

  • The top is of nogal which is some sort of South American walnut. In one of the blanks the last half a meter had some figuration which I bookmatched.
  • The body is of roasted Estonian alder, bought from the sauna building department at the local hardware store.
  • The neck is the same nogal as the top, with a cherry-merbau-cherry stripe from OR, outlined with 0,55 mm flamed birch veneers sourced from another factory by a fellow builder.
  • The fretboard is of merbau, again from OR. Acrylic dots. Black plastic side dots.
  • The electrickery cover is also of merbau
  • The hardware and pickups are from various Chinese sources
  • Two P90's, notice the matte sanded covers
  • Wraparound bridge which I changed to a smaller one during the build
  • Closed tuners with somewhat matching knobs
  • Dark brown translucent speed knobs with copper digits shining from the underside.
  • Finished with OsmoColor 3001 "clear" oil wax and carnauba car wax paste.
  • Weigh: 2.9 kg/6.4 lbs

The top was radiused by drawing the radius free handed to the ends of the wing blanks and planed accordingly. The silhouette was drawn using a template for a LP Jr. double cut.

The scale length is 24.75" and the fretboard has 24 frets just because. The last ones are of no use since my sausage fingers won't fit...

Designing the headstock is always a PITA... Again, I used the PRS template I copied from a fellow builder and tried to shape the rest to something original. Well... After having roughly shaped it against the end roll of the giant belt sander, our Master told that it looks somewhat like a Taylor, only narrower at the end. Quite some time later I noticed that my acoustic Tenson has just the same shape. Well what do you know...



Up: cutting the shape for the wings

Below: There's masking tape to protect the join.











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