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  1. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for September 2018! 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!
  2. 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 in the first week of September - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on this month's entries!
  3. Congratulations to @ScottR on hitting it out of the park. This is becoming a bit of a habit Scott....
  4. ProjectGuitar.com

    August 2018

    "Here is Greg's Guitar. He wanted a build in all domestic (to the U.S.) woods, so this is what we came up with: Curly maple top with an IPA burst. Ash body with black grainfill and smoky gray tint. American black walnut and Osage orange neck. Osage Orange fretboard and headstock cap. Sperzel locking tuners. Graphtec nut. 10" fretboard radius. Jumbo SS frets. Klein '58 PAF humbucker set. Schaller (Fender style) tremolo bridge, decked. Build thread: SR
  5. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for August 2018! 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!
  6. 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 in the first week of August - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on this month's entries!
  7. ProjectGuitar.com

    July 2018

    Name: "The Pic-a-low" Materials: 1 piece black walnut body 1/2" 5A maple burl top and 1/8" headstock overlay black walnut neck gaboon ebony fretboard with maple burl markers Config: 32" scale length with "fat c" profile Hardware: very modest... wilkinson tuners, song il (korean) bridge, no-name pickups w replaced alnico II magnets (didn't have a lot of faith in myself to make this worthy of more expensive gear as this was my first build but will likely replace some things given how moderately well it turned out) Electronics: again very modest... 3 way rotary switch + 3 way toggle wiring for parallel inside vs parallel outside, series inside vs series outside, series vs parallel, master volume, hand built 2 band active preamp with push/pull on/off and bright switch. EDIT - forgot to mention... kinda cool... if you look at the right side f hole... my preamp trimmer is accessible through the f hole. Kinda gimmicky but cute none-the-less! Experience/Background: did some woodworking (lot of sanding!) and solid surface fab as a young man, have built a few things like a desk and a futon... have assembled quite a few guitars from parts, always wanted to build one from scratch and got the (false) confidence from seeing so many skilled builders here making it look sooo easy (it wasn't). Where: built in my garage w jigsaw + drill press + router + palm sander History: I pawned off my first bass guitar - a yamaha motion b - for $75 in 1995 while broke in L.A. Always regretted that. It was a 32" scale bass and as primarily a guitar player, it was perfect for me. 32" scale is very rare to find and generally quite expensive so... in the diy spirit I set out to replace that bass on my own. Picking it up the first time, this neck felt like coming home! Design: used fret-2-find to layout the fretboard, took some p style bass diagrams from the net and scaled it down a few percent, then smoothed it out in photoshop -pretty standard but a bit smaller. Wanted the body to be as light as possible but also wanted to avoid neck dive given the plan of heavier/cheaper tuners so I did some forstner weight relief but kept the f-hole cavities about 3/16 wider than the f-holes themselves. Journey: my build thread here Standing on the shoulders of giants: special thanks to prostheta, curtasia, scottr, norris, andyjr1515, mr natural - if it hadn't been for your advice and encouragement, I'm sure this could have looked like some sort of picaso/dali impression of a bass!
  8. ProjectGuitar.com

    Guitar Of The Month vote - July 2018

    The objective of Guitar Of The Month has always been to welcome any and all, whether the entries are from forum regulars or those new to the site. The line is normally drawn when entries are placed as attempts at commercial advertisement. Even when this has been the case, GOTM tends to be passively self-regulated as more votes generally go towards entries by members who have shared ideas, their build's journey and interact within the forums. Congratulations to @mistermikev on a well-deserved win; @Dmitry Sushkov @jpecc - you're both welcome to re-enter in Aug 2018's GOTM, and good luck. @MiKro, we all know you're a well-meaning grump old fart and voter choice is what makes GOTM work. Keep it up. (old fart)
  9. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for July 2018! 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. ProjectGuitar.com

    June 2018

    This archtop is very dear to me as it is not only for a dear friend of mine but it was also a super-fun platform to innovate on since I had control over most of the specs. Essentially I had to use black and white ebony, amboyna burl, and it had to be an acoustic archtop in my Model1 shape. Other than that the rest was up to me! So I played with some fun things like: A bolt-on version of my compound-bend all-access neck joint Radial purfling using burl Carbon fiber (neck, neck block buttresses, and laminated in pickguard) 3D printed structural elements (can't really see them though) Charlie Christian pickup Completely hollowed ebony bridge Oval hole and fan bracing Back-strapped diamond volute Here she is relaxing in her new home: The specs are: Curly maple neck, back & sides. Note: the back is domed like a flat-top not carved. Carved sitka spruce top with ebony binding and tons of crazy multi-layer purfling. Black & white ebony fretboard and tailpiece (veneered in normal ebony expect the "wings"). Hollow ebony bridge and CF-laminate ebony floating pickguard. Buffalo bone nut and saddle. 25" scale board with 12" radius and 1 3/4" nut. Finish is odie's oil neck with satin nitro headplate. Body is all done in an tru-oil with some additional wizardry to keep it from soaking deep into the top and potentially hurting the acoustic resonance. One thing I want to point out that doesn't matter for the final product, but I'm still proud of: I decided to fully hand gramil all the binding and purfling channels on this box. What a process... won't do it again... but glad I did it once so I can truly appreciate binding jigs and bearing bits! If you'd like to learn a (lot) more about this project, it's history, why the specs are what they are then feel free to waste 30 minutes here: (editor's note: this is MORE than worth 30mins of your life!) Best, Chris
  11. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for June 2018! 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!
  12. ProjectGuitar.com

    May 2018

    "Stripy" Top...Zebrawood Body...Sapele Neck...Zebrawood with a Katalox center Frets...22 jumbo SS Bridge... Babicz Tuners...Gotoh 501 Deltas 21:1 Pickups...Klein '59 PAF http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49152-stripy-double-cut-with-an-f-hole/
  13. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for May 2018! 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!
  14. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for March 2018! 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!
  15. ProjectGuitar.com

    Guitar Of The Month - March 2018

    Congratulations on taking this month's GOTM spot @Andyjr1515! One vote in it....?
  16. ProjectGuitar.com

    March 2018

    "Just finished in time and with the smell of varnish still lingering - I present to you the Swift Lite Mark 2 This is the latest incarnation following my personal curiosity about 6 string electrics. That is, "do electric guitars have to be so heavy to play well and sound good?" I'm a hobby builder and I've been modding and refinishing guitars and basses for 7-8 years. I did my first scratch build around 6 years ago. I do occasional commissions, generally for fellow band members and friends / family, but sometimes build requests that interest or intrigue me Having gained a bit of a reputation in two or three bass and guitar forums for being a teeny bit crazy and willing to try anything (at least once), I ended up with some really interesting and unusual build commissions. And some of those have led me to question my acceptance of some of the long-standing 'conventions' your see in features of many electric guitar designs - one being that they tend to be so heavy! I've also got to that 'certain age' And I've realised how many guitar players I know personally who have given up because of neck, back, shoulder issues and just can't stand with that weight for a full gig-length anymore. Over a couple of builds, I have used the combination of thru-neck and slimness to reduce weight. This has given an unplanned but very welcome additional benefit of eliminating the usually abrupt encounter of the playing thumb with the heel and body when playing the upper frets. This particular build has sought to exploit that with full access up to the 24th fret, including a thumb anchor point for three or more semitone bends at the top frets. And Mark 2? Well, the original Swift Lite - same basic construction but quite different in shape and other aspects - I built at the back end of last year for my own use. This one, the Swift Lite Mark 2, I have built for Jane, my sister-in-law. In the build I have incorporated a piece of an oak mantlepiece rescued from her late mother's recently demolished house. Here is the spec: 25" Scale; 24 frets Amboyna top; oak back Maple/purpleheart laminated thru neck Macassar ebony fretboard Tonerider Alnico IV Classic humbuckers Master tone / master volume and three-way toggle, wired '50's style' Total finished weight 5lbs 4oz Home-made knobs (oak and macassar) The full build thread is here It balances beautifully both on the strap and over the knee. I'll try to post some sound clips before the entry closes but trust me - it will do anything and everything! And here it is:
  17. 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 in the first week of April - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on this month's entries!
  18. 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 in the first week of March (short February, not lateness....honest) however this thread is permanently open for discussion on this month's entries!
  19. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for February 2018! 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!
  20. 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 in the first week of February 2018, however this thread is permanently open for discussion on this month's entries and how your vote was used!
  21. ProjectGuitar.com

    Guitar Of The Year 2017

    ProjectGuitar.com Chris - again, warm congratulations on both your second Guitar Of The Month win and now Guitar Of The Year for 2017....great work! Would you like to introduce yourself a little? skyjerk Thank you Well, I'm 53 years old. I live in Chester County PA in the USA. I work in IT for my "day job" as a UNIX engineer. Happily married for 20 years to a wonderful woman that has always been very supportive of my extracurricular passions like skydiving and more recently building guitars. We have 3 hairless dogs (Chinese crested) not for showing or breeding, but just because we love them. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 years old, always been musically inclined. Ive been in many bands, and I've built a recording studio in my house. I came into the guitar building world because I commissioned a guitar build from a local builder about 7 years ago. It took him 4 years to deliver the guitar, and I wasnt very happy with the result. To make amends for the long wait he gave me a partially completed build as a bonus, and I started looking into what I would need to do to finish it and eventually decided to try a build from scratch about 3 years ago. I never did finish that partial build the other guy gave me. Its still sitting in my basement. I think I would never have been happy claiming it as mine since someone else did most of the work. On-line communities like this one (ProjectGuitar.com) have been a wealth of both information, advice, support, (and even friendship) in my quest for knowledge. I really love building guitars and the people on this forum and others are exceedingly generous in sharing their knowledge rather than hoarding it and calling it proprietary or trade secret. ProjectGuitar.com It sounds that at least you can thank the other guy for helping you getting bitten by the builder's bug! The (very detailed) forum build thread you developed shows a very uncompromising approach to material choices and solid working methods which clearly shows in the quality of the end result. It's pretty apparent that your backstory and reasonings behind this build were fundamental in distilling focus and providing drive to create something deeply personal and unique. How many builds have you got under your belt to this point? It goes without saying that this isn't your first! skyjerk Well, this is my first build of this model. A prototype if you will, which I'm calling the "24 Magnum". In the order of all guitars built it's actually the twelfth guitar I've built from scratch. My very first was a slightly modified Les Paul design. Visually it resembled a 59 Les Paul in shape and dimensions, but was neck-through-body, I reduced the neck angle, and had some other design alterations that suited my taste and style, so it wasn't a counterfeit or copy. I made no effort to be "vintage correct" and of course I inlayed "Addict" on the headstock rather than the G name. That build turned out so well that I retired my real LP and the one I built became my main player in my band. My very next build was of my own design as were the ones I've built since. It wasn't my goal to build replicas or copies, but to realize my own tastes and desires. I did have some experience working with wood before I started building guitars, and my first career was in construction. I used to build houses. I already had a lot of tools and was good at using them. Of course building guitars requires a lot more precision and care, and I had to learn a lot of specialized knowledge about how guitars actually work and what makes one guitar better than another, etc, but I didn't come in 100% cold. Of course you can't help but work in the things you love about the classics, so this 24 Magnum model has features that I've loved in other guitars, like the PRS custom 24, Fender Stratocaster, etc. although overlaying my design with any other guitar model shows that it's absolutely not a copy of any of them, nor do my specs align with any of them. The back story is fairly straightforward. My 24 year old son Chris passed away just shy of a year ago from an overdose of fentanyl. I built this guitar in his memory. The inlays on the back of the body, a Phoenix (mythological bird) and an Aries symbol (zodiac) were taken directly from tattoo's that Chris had on his chest and shoulder, and the inlays on the fretboard and headstock are simplified versions of those same symbols. I was with Chris when he got those tattoos (I actually paid for them) and it's a very fond memory. Additionally, the model was originally envisioned as a 22 fret design. I built a prototype of that 22 fret model (there is a build thread for it right here on projectguitar.com), I never actually finished that 22 fret version because Chris died and it was a little while before I felt like working in my shop as you can imagine. When I did start working again, I set aside the 22 fret build and started from scratch with this 24 fret version in his honor. 24 frets because he was 24 years old. ProjectGuitar.com Phoenix must be a very profound part of reconciling yourself with that loss, whilst also keeping your memories of Chris close to heart. It's difficult to think of a more fitting tribute, and the fact that the guitar itself is plain stunning in every aspect underlines that. Coming into instrument-making with a neck-through Les Paul is no small task. Even somebody that has existing knowledge and skills would find that sort of build a very high target to meet. Over your twelve builds, what have been the major hurdles, discoveries and skills gained? I presume that there's always been plenty of new things to take onboard with each new project. skyjerk Well, all the house building in the world doesn't provide any knowledge into how to make a perfect joint. It's just not a requirement to make two pieces of wood perfectly flat so that when you put them together you have 100% contact and no visible seam Clean, tight joints are everything when building a musical instrument. Not just for aesthetics, but for good transmission of vibrations. Air spaces and thick glue seams dampen vibrations and make the instrument less resonant, and they look terrible too. Learning how to use hand planes to make perfectly flat, glass smooth surfaces for joining was absolutely my biggest hurdle. Just joining the bookmatched top for that first Les Paul took me about 6 hours and made me feel like an imbecile! Everything about that first build took me 50 times longer than it does today....I'm something of a perfectionist, and I wasn't willing to accept a less than perfect result even though it was my first attempt. Fretwork was another biggie. Nothing in construction prepares you to level, crown, and polish frets either! When I finished that build I was very happy with the outcome, but even now every guitar I build leaves me feeling like "This was good, but I could do it better". This is what keeps me learning and improving. ProjectGuitar.com After having made yourself a profoundly personal instrument, you have to wonder....what could be next? You're definitely not the type to call it a day on anything! skyjerk Well, looking forward to the future, my next build, (which I've already begun collecting materials for), is a re-re-imagining of the original 22 Magnum (if that makes sense). It will be a shorter scale (25"), fixed bridge (TOM), and re-implementing the bird inlays I used on the first 22 fret model. It will have the same type of top carve I did for the 24 magnum, but rather than a flame figure I have a totally gorgeous piece of quilted maple for the top on this one as opposed to a flame, and I'll be finishing it with a tiger-eye burst and matching headstock overlay. I have a terrible weakness for transparent finishes and figured maple. I have yet to do an opaque finish, and don't see any coming in the immediate future. I'm planning to do a build thread here on ProjectGuitar.com once I start, and if it turns out half as nice as I hope I'm sure I'll be entering it as another GOTM contender once it's all finished! ProjectGuitar.com Looking forward to it Chris. I'm sure people will continue to take a lot of inspiration from all of your builds, past and present. Thanks for sharing your work, and again, congratulations on taking 2018's Guitar Of The Year! ----==---- click for larger click for larger click for larger click for larger click for larger click for larger click for larger click for larger
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    January 2018

    Hi Beautiful though @Pariahrob's Raycaster is (and it IS very beautiful ) it seems a shame for him to be breezing along here lonely and unopposed I present, therefore, the 'Swift Lite' In terms of my building background, I started modding guitars and basses around 6 years ago and soon embarked on my first foray into the world of working with wood, producing my first scratch-build instrument about 4 years ago. Over that time, I've gained a bit of a reputation for 'liking a challenge' - hence some of the weird and wonderful builds elsewhere on the site, and a reputation for 'you do it HOW????' - hence my standard disclaimer of 'I'll describe how I myself do it...not necessarily the same as this is how it should be done'. Spec of this 6-string electric, built for my own use is: 25" scale Camphor laurel top; sapele back; wenge demarcation veneer Maple/purpleheart/mahogany neck Snakewood fretboard Tonerider Alnico IV Classic humbuckers Vol/Vol/Tone/3-way/2off split coil toggles It is the latest stage of a progressive set of builds exploring lightening guitars and basses while enhancing upper fret playability through slim body sections while not sacrificing playability or sound Presently a touch under 6lbs. When I have replaced the three brass knobs with wooden ones, it will end at c 5-3/4 lbs. The background to the build is that it is a 6 string electric version of this piccolo bass I made for Pete (our band's bassist): And using the same woods as that used for the recent Alembic-esque electric built for Tim: And here it is - the 'Swift Lite': The build thread is here - Andy
  23. Welcome to the first Guitar Of The Month contest 2018! 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 1st 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!
  24. It's that time of the year yet again....time to vote for your overall favourite guitar from 2017's winners of our Guitar Of The Month contest! Voting is open throughout January, so choose wisely and make that vote count.... ----==---- @10pizza, "The Swel ZebraCaster" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/january-2017-r67/ @ScottR, "Young Lizzy" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/february-2017-r69/ @curtisa, "HM6 Halcyon" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/march-2017-r70/ @Mr Natural, "The Fugly Fretless" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/may-2017-r71/ @Pariahrob, "Hyrne" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/june-2017-r72/ @2.5itim, "N12" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/july-2017-r73/ @Andyjr1515, "Psilos bass" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/august-2017-r74/ @Skyjerk, "Phoenix" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/september-2017-r75/ @seb, "Model 222" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/october-2017-r76/ @MassimoPL77, "Coccinella" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/november-2017-r77/ @Norris, "The Nozcaster" http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/december-2017-r78/
  25. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round for this month! 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 let any discussion in this thread influence your vote! Polls will close automagically in the first week of January 2018, however this thread is permanently open for discussion on this month's entries and how your vote was used!
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