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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.

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

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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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NAME: SWEET SPOT BLONDE a.k.a. "Texas Sweetspot"

- scratch build #4 for me!

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SPECS:
overall weight: 6lbs 8oz - hair lighter than the blue and 'feels' very light
 
NECK:
nut: Graph Tech nu bone
string trees: Graph Tech
scale length: 25.5"
fretboard radius: 12"
frets: 22 med jumbo Jescar
fret markers: ceramic cream .25" dots
neck profile: vintage 'C' profile - classic strat feel
neck format: 2 piece, heal adjust via fretboard, 6 inline reverse headstock CBS style, no headstock angle
neck joint: sculpted access bolt-on via steel ferrules
truss rod: Allied Lutherie flex strong - access via 19th fret spoke wheel
neck wood: birdseye maple, rosewood fretboard, rosewood headstock veneer
neck finish: tru oil flat w nitro clear on headstock
 
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HARDWARE:
Tuners: Kluson Tone Pros vintage style reverse
Tremolo: Gotoh 510T FE1
pickup format: 4 single coils - body mounted
Pickups: Bootstrap custom set - oatmeal stout (8.6k A5 43AWG), golden ale (7.4k A5 42AWG), golden ale(5.6k A2 42AWG), 54 Vintage Pro (5.6k A5 42AWG)
pickup covers: black w rosewood veneer
Controls: master volume, 6-way 'mode' rotary, 3-way lever, push-pull (true bypass) active mid booster w volume/boost control
modes: 1) outside singles (tele), 2) inside singles (strat), 3) outside vs inside parallel (prs), 4) 2xbridge vs 2xneck parallel, 5) outside vs inside series 6) 2xbridge vs 2xneck series(Les Paul)
pots: bournes
lever switch: CRL
knobs: rosewood
 
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BODY:
body design: based on a 62 strat template available online... but then reduced by 5% for approx 1/2" less length/width in dimensions
body top radius: 30"
body edge: 1/2" roundover with inset rosewood binding
body format: solid tremolo block encoumpases two bridge pickups, birdseye neck pickup block - neck pickups sit in semi-hollow chamber, deep sculpted belly cut
body thickness: 2.125" at center
body wood: 1pc african mahogany w bookmatched 4A flamed maple top, rosewood binding
body finish: champagne frost (mohawk) nitro with watco nitro clear, back is finished in tru oil flat
 
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"A bit of information on your own background as a builder helps give context to your build."
have some woodworking and solid surface fabrication in my background.  Have assembled many partscasters.
 
 
"Was it built in the garage, at school, work or in your own shop?"
built in my humble garage (thanks to my wife Lori for allowing me to take it over!)
 
"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?"
it all started when I was going to build a strat.  I got some design feedback from a few guitar forums and it was pretty brutal.  Most of the comments centered around the idea that my 'blue' design was quite a departure from the std strat style.  With that in mind I did a second design of something I thought would have more of a 'traditional' feel... but I couldn't see scrapping the blue so I decided to do both.  
 
"What were the inspirations behind the instrument and why were various build aspects chosen?"
I have been dreaming about a 4 pickup strat for a long time... my goal was to make something that wouldn't compromise the 'stratty' sound, but would have more hum canceling options, tele options (bridge + neck), and would do series humbucker (ie les paul) sounds fairly well.
 
"Any background on what makes it special?"
this is my strat.  there are many like it but this one is mine.   without me my strat is worthless... without my strat I am worthless!  Lot of lessons learned, lots of hair pulled out, lots of hours of doubt... it's the struggles and overcoming them that seem the most special to me.  As always: couldn't have done it without the advice/input/shoulders of many here who are quick with advice and help. 
 
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"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".
 
I have a facebook 'business' page... but only because I just wanted a page where I could build a shrine to my scratch builds. 
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build thread here (note first post has all build updates uninterrupted):
   

and below is my humble video demo from youtube:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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