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    March 2019

    Well, after a month of so's delay, I present to you my lightweight 4 string 34" bass, "Great Scott!" The reason for the name can be found both in the build thread: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49494-another-swift-lite-bass/ and this post here: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49580-international-rescue-the-power-of-projectguitarcom/ Basic spec is: 34" scale 4 string bass Poplar burr top, swamp ash back, maple /walnut neck, maple fretboard, ebony blocks Luminlay side markers Aero P / J pickups Master vol, master tone, blend Magnetic fixings for control chamber and trussrod cover Knobs made from body woods Finish - mixed stains, tru-oil slurry and buffed (body), Danish oil (neck) Final playing weight sub 6 3/4 lbs I'm a hobby builder and embarked on my first foray into woodworking around 6 years ago. I build for my own use, fellow band members, friends, family and occasional commissions such as this one. I've built bass guitars, electrics and acoustics over that time. Not the smoothest of builds, but got there in the end! In recent years I've been trying to challenge the often surprised statement when an non-player picks up a guitar or bass for the first time, "Gosh - why are they SO heavy???" So this one (and nor are the other electrics and basses I've built recently) isn't So here is "Great Scott!" (and he really is, by the way)
  2. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for April 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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    Guitar Of The Month - March 2019

    Time to vote!
  4. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round! The winner of each month's Guitar Of The Month contest gets front page placement on the main ProjectGuitar.com website, privileged member status, a photo feature on our Facebook page, plus an (all-important) shiny member profile badge. Good luck to this month's entrants....as usual, discuss your voting choice and opinions about the entries this month in this thread....however don't let any discussion in this thread sway your vote! Polls will close automagically after a week - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on the month's entries during and after voting.
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    The Guitar GAS and "blatant inspiration" thread.

    Thanks man I noticed how the bodies of the pots look like they've been chucked up and polished. Easy to do in a cordless drill with some Scotchbrite. That earth wire looks a little less than perfect....hahaha
  6. ProjectGuitar.com

    February 2019

    ADFinlayson, "The Eye Of Sauron" "Here's my entry then, my 5th build that I completed recently for friend of a friend Luke. I've dubbed it The Eye of Sauron due to the beetle tract that appeared on the back after thicknessing. He's a big LOTR fan so seemed appropriate. Got some good use out of wood on this on; the khaya neck laminates came from offcuts of the mk2 and the top, the neck, inlays, binding and control cover all came out of one plank of maple, the rest of which I'm using on the flying V build, which is also going to be blue, sisters Since he picked it up a few weeks ago, he hasn't wanted to play anything else which astonished me as he is the store manager of an instrument chain (PMT UK) and owns 14 other guitars. Apologies for the amateur photography. Spec - 1 piece carved African mahogany body - 2-piece flame maple cap with faux binding - carved flamed maple control cover - laminated flamed maple and African mahogany neck - Ebony headstock with flamed maple inlay - Ebony fretboard with flamed maple trapeze inlays and grain-matched truss rod cover - Ebony and flamed maple binding - 24 medium jumbo nickel-silver frets - 43mm Graphtech tusq nut - oiled blue burst finish - Mini Grover Rotomatic 3x3 tuners - Graphtech Resomax bridge with TUSQ saddles and Gotoh tailpiece - Dimarzio Liquifire bass, SuperDistortion treble pickups - Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch - CTS push-pull volume with treble bleed - CTS push-pull tone, both pickups can be coil-tapped individually - Ebony lampshade control knobs. And I went to watch it play it's first show last night, which was a big thing for me Cheers Ash
  7. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for March 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!
  8. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round! The winner of each month's Guitar Of The Month contest gets front page placement on the main ProjectGuitar.com website, privileged member status, a photo feature on our Facebook page, plus an (all-important) shiny member profile badge. Good luck to this month's entrants....as usual, discuss your voting choice and opinions about the entries this month in this thread....however don't let any discussion in this thread sway your vote! Polls will close automagically after a week - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on the month's entries!
  9. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for February 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!
  10. Oops! Sorry @ginner; your entry came in just after the vote was opened. We'll roll this one over to Feb.
  11. ProjectGuitar.com

    January 2019

    ZekeB, "Mako I" "Here we go. Big thanks to the ProjectGuitar.com family for helping me through it. This is the Mako I Wood - Honduras mahogany body, figured maple top, macassar ebony fretboard Scale Length - 25.5" Compound Radius - 12"-15.6" Pickups - Tom Anderson pickups H2, SF, SFR (neck) 10 position Freeway Blade switch Master Volume & Tone Pots Push/Pull volume pot to act as a kill switch (standby switch) Schaller Non-Tremelo Bridge This is my 1st build. I've done other wood work but nothing to this scale. Spent about a year reading, researching, and designing before going after it. I built it in my garage starting with a few tools. As it progressed I accumulated more and tried different things before moving forward. Some worked, some really didn't, haha. I had an idea of what it was going to be and I didn't think I would break from that plan but I was pleasantly surprised it changed it so much. As I built it kind of took on its own character and I just went with it. It definitely took longer to change things but on the artistic side its a lot more pleasing to let the design take its own course. The other element was how it played. I'm much more a musician than a luthier and I'm really happy how well that turned out. Sounds nice and smooth with plenty of ringing sustain, some great flexibility, and low consistent action. The original idea was to take all the elements I love from other guitars and make something unique with all those variables. I feel I was pretty successful in that regard. I really enjoyed the whole process and this definitely won't be my last build. Thanks! ---- Komodo - "'66 Korina Super Sport" Of course the date is fictional, except it was the year -I- was manufactured and the touchstone for this guitars aesthetic. My goal was a vintage looking and very modern playing muscle car of a guitar. As a player it is easily my favorite, with the wood combo it has sustain for days, and action is fast. Bridge tones are thick and edgy, cleans sound super chimey on either pickup but the center position is amazing. 25” scale Korina / white limba body Pau Ferro neck with Macassar ebony fretboard and MOP dots Gotoh tremolo and tuners Seymour Duncan SH-11 bridge pickup, A2 14k, added nickel cover Seymour Duncan Black Winter neck pickup, ceramic 16k parallel, added custom nickel cover Volume and tone, both pickups have split switch, the bridge also pulls some low-end from the second coil and retains most humbucking. Switches are Honeywell 6AT2 SPDT used in military aircraft. $90 minis! (these were $5 used on ebay). Toggle has custom smoke / fire plate. CTS pots are sporting oxblood “Klon” knobs on them. The finish is nitro, the body was put in a deep freezer for a few days then pulled into a warm room to produce crazing and checking. The hardware was all new and shiny, it was dinged and rubbed with steel wool and sandpaper, and fumed with muriatic acid to produce a heavy relic finish. Neither the clear nitro or hardware was intended to look like a naturally aged instrument but more of a fictitious barn find. I do not have to worry about scratching this one as it only gets better! ---- Gallery Mako I '66 Korina Super Sport
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    Guitar Of The Year 2018

    The Root Beer Float "OK, its a stupid name, but I don't have a better one yet and my band mate threw that name out as soon as I brought it to rehearsal 2 weeks ago. The colors do have that vibe, especially in lower light settings. In brighter light (like most of these pix) its more orange looking. Model: 22 Magnum Scale length: 25" Radius: 12" Construction: neck-through-body, 3-piece laminate neck, carbon fiber reinforcement Body and neck: Bolivian mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) Top and matching headstock: book-matched, quilted big leaf maple Binding: natural (faux binding) Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood Truss rod cover: ebony with MOP inlay logo Inlays: mother-of-pearl and abalone Frets: medium jumbo stainless steel Nut: unbleached bone Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB bridge and 59 neck Tuners: Schaller locking 3x3 Bridge and tailpiece: Tonepros Control cavity cover: Indian Rosewood with magnetic fasteners Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer Guts: CTS 500k pots and Sprague "orange drop" .047 cap HERE is the build thread
  13. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round! The winner of each month's Guitar Of The Month contest gets front page placement on the main ProjectGuitar.com website, privileged member status, a photo feature on our Facebook page, plus an (all-important) shiny member profile badge. Good luck to this month's entrants....as usual, discuss your voting choice and opinions about the entries this month in this thread....however don't let any discussion in this thread sway your vote! Polls will close automagically after a week - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on the month's entries!
  14. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for January 20189! 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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