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Guitar Of The Month - September 2019

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for September 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 the moderator team 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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My first foray in to Guitars of The Month! I remain humbled at the sheer artistry on display from all the usual members, here is my contribution.

This is my 4th build, built in my shed in the back garden. It’s kind of a modern take on the Fender Esquire style that I have built for my nephew Louis. I hope it lives through many happy memories! The Norway Maple I purchased initially weighed a tonne, so a lot of planing on the router was necessary in order to bring the body thickness down from 45mm to 32mm. At I think I got it down to a reasonable weight. A few things I noticed during the build, one big thing was that I am now a definite fan of those old style split post tuners! They hold tuning so well and I just think they are a really nice design. The EVO gold fret wire surprised me as I thought that the hardness of it would present some real challenges, however it really wasn’t too bad to use. I think it looks great too, will no doubt use again. One thing to bare in mind about Norway Maple…it really doesn’t like power tools a huge deal, what I mean by that is that it burns/scorches really easily! In fact it came to me part scorched where it had been cut to size. I’m not sure if this is something particularly common when it comes to this species…

Im not sure of the precise brand of the pickup but it has a very cool distinctive sound that is hard to pinpoint in terms of comparison and it handles volume a lot better than my other builds.

Ever played a left handed guitar? Not easy haha! However I believe I have given it a more than adequate test run.

Anyway here are the specs-



Left handed

Set neck

25.5 scale length

Body wood- Norway maple

Neck and fingerboard wood- Flamed maple

Back plate wood- Walnut

Finish- Tru oil

Fretboard radius - 9.5

Graphite nut

Split post Wilkinson WJ55 Tuners

Pickup- Alnico 5 Hot Rail P45 from CHGuitars

Spoke wheel dual type truss rod

Jescar EVO gold Fretwire - Medium


Here it is!






Edited by ShatnersBassoon
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