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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for May 2020!

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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Hi, my name is Simon Potipher & I am Potipher Guitars (Potipher Guitars.com).

This guitar is my 6th build, it is a dreadnought to my own design but sympathetic to the overall dimensions of a D28.

i bought the wood sets over two years ago with a dread in mind, during that time my dad passed away. Dad was a retired firefighter & chaplain & I decided to dedicate this guitar to him, - I have called it the Reverend D!

It has an Adirondack spruce top, Carpathian spruce Scalloped bracing, - rear  shifted X brace,  highly figured Ovangkol back & sides, Honduran mahogany single piece neck, African ebony fretboard, bridge & headplate. The fretboard & body are bound with flames maple, with herringbone purfling & detail your back of headstock. It has a single action truss rod, & fitted with Waverly butterbean tuners. It has a 46.5mm but width, both nut & saddle are bone, with ebony bridge pins.

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As you can enter again with the same guitar, I may as well 😉

So I’ve been building a headless recently and now it is complete. It’s neck through design...was so close to a one piece in terms of the thickness of the Wenge blank! Oh well.

This gradually evolved in to a Strandberg inspired build. One unusual is the scale length of 23.4 and the deliberate lack of a fretboard radius. Combined with the jumbo frets and skinny neck (almost Ibanez Wizard profile) its ended up quite an interesting guitar. First time using Glu boost as a finish, I like it! Although the poplar burl top was very ‘thirsty’ for want of a better word.

‘Dark Ember’

Frets- 21

Radius- Flat

Pickups- EMG 57/66

Frets- Jumbo stainless steel

Body- Wenge

Top- Poplar burl

Weight - 5.2 lbs

Pickguard- Carbon fibre

Finish- Glue boost


Build thread-





Edited by ShatnersBassoon
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I've finally finished my first two builds, done simultaneously...it took just over six months and I'm happy with the results.

Named them 'The Teetotaler' 1 & 2.



The design is my own but the overall construction & specs are based on the modern Telecaster (I thought that would make things somewhat more achievable as a newbie), but with a chunkier neck and a mini-humbucker at the bridge. 25.5 scale & weigh 7.8 lbs. The electronics & hardware are all inexpensive imports as I didn't want to break the bank on this first attempt. I started with mostly common household tools and I bought specialty tools as needed (or found work arounds), most of the work was done in my laundry room unless it was nice enough outside.

Body is made of poplar finished with Rust-oleum semigloss spray paint, the finger board is wenge. The biggest difference between the two (besides color) are the necks. The white one is mahogany while the black one is limba - both are finished with Tru-Oil.




The link to my build thread:




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Name: Aquilae 50

Here are the specs:

  • Shape: Headless 6-string. Heavily influenced by ergonomic design by Ola Strandberg (Boden model)
  • Body woods: Poplar Burl -top (15mm, bookmatched 2 piece) + European Alder (2 piece)
  • Scale: 25,5inch, 22 frets
  • Neck: Bolt-On Flaxwood Hybrid with jumbo nickel frets (pre-manufactured without filled fretboard dots) (Wood fiber composite -material)
  • Fretboard dot inlay color: Black, Side dots: Orange (luminous)
  • Hipshot 6 String Guitar Headless Fixed -bridge (tuning machines) + traditional headpiece
  • Pickups: Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi -set, DIY pickup rings
  • Pickup Selector: 5-way Schaller Megaswitch
  • 1 volume -pot




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Hi All,

First post but lurking for a while.

  • Name - The rocker
  • The woods: Black Limba 2 piece body and neck, Rosewood fretboard with MOP inlay dots
  • Both neck and body are finished in Tru-oil apart from the front of the headstock which I spray lacquered for the logo script
  • 24.75" scale
  • Pickup - Oil City Blackbird bridge which is coil split on the volume and standard tone, Rosewood knobs

This is my first proper build but I have put together an LPJ kit guitar and a parts-caster Tele before this. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. The build started over a year ago in truth and I've been slowly progressing it bit by bit, learning from mistakes along the way. Initially I wanted it to look like a Yamaha StarFlighter so that inspired the body shape and I liked the idea of it being a Junior style guitar with one pickup. There was no master design plan to this guitar if I'm honest. I got the wood, had a rough idea of body shape and then made design decisions as I went along. No build thread on this forum unfortunately but I did post some progress pics here.









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