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  1. 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 don't read into the discussion until you've cast your vote! Polls will close automagically in the first week of March 2017 (apologies for the last opening this month) however this thread is permanently open for discussion
  2. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for February 2017! 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, a photo posting to our Facebook 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 creation 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 we encourage instruments made by professional builders to have that disclosure made so there is a more even balance between weekend warriors and grizzled veterans. 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. 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!
  3. Congratulations to each of this year's Guitar Of The Month contest winners! It's time to vote on which guitar is 2016's Guitar Of The Year....voting is open throughout January so choose wisely.... ---- == ---- January 2016 - @ScottR http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/january-2016-r44/ February 2016 - @curtisa http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/february-2016-r56/ March 2016 - @KnightroExpress http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/march-2016-r57/ April 2016 - @mattharris75 http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/april-2016-r58/ May 2016 - @Dmitry Sushkov http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/may-2016-r59/ June 2016 - @verhoevenc http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/june-2016-r60/ July 2016 - @Dmitry Sushkov http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/july-2016-r61/ August 2016 - @Nugz Blacky http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/august-2016-r62/ September 2016 - @toddler68 http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/october-2016-r63/ October 2016 - @Edw5493 http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/november-2016-r64/ November 2016 - @Mr_Riddler http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/november-2016-r65/ December 2016 - @Skyjerk http://www.projectguitar.com/guitar_of_the_month/december-2016-r66/
  4. Scott is one of the true originals over on the forums, sharing anything from his hand-carving exploits to the occasional well-earned IPA or four. Scott's carving skills are evident in his signature volutes featuring his stylised initials, "SR" and the tactile work put into his sweetly-carved instrument tops. As a hybrid of opposites built upon Scott's original "Justin's Guitar", the "Lester T" captured the eyes and imaginations of many forum members (until Scott accidentally deleted the thread and had to re-write it from scratch *cough*), with each stage of the build meticulously-documented and shared with all; a true ProjectGuitar.com classic. http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48371-another-les-tele-thingheheheh-mine ----==---- Build progress excerpts from Scott's detailed build thread:
  5. Congratulations on a very well-deserved GOTM win, Age! For a first-time build using a small selection of tools, this has proven to be a classic build which I am sure will inspire many other people to take their first steps making an instrument.
  6. The Swel ZebraCaster "I initially started with a refinish/customizing project, but ended up building a guitar from scratch with raw wood, which I didn't think was do-able for me yet, so I'm thrilled already to be able to post in this topic! Specs Tele-style body of Mahogany with 6mm Zebrano top 25-1/2" scale 250mm neck radius with assymetric 'thick' D-profile Birdseye Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard and Swallow-bird inlays Jumbo 6100 frets Zebrano-headstock finish Ibanez Edge floating trem with top-lock Dimarzio Paf Joe and Paf-Pro humbucking pickups 1 Volume (push pull) for high-pass filter and , 1 Tone (push pull) for single coil switching Gotoh tuners Tung oil finish I designed/built this guitar for myself. Specs were based partly on my Peavey Wolfgang (neck) and on the specs of an Ibanez Satriani JS10th (electronics, radius). The looks were inspired by Searls' Guitars (forum member @demonx). I used the JS10th specs as I once owned one and really liked the radius of the fretboard and the versatile pickups. The Edge trem I had available and I really love Floyd trems, so that was an easy pick. Finally the birdseye maple neck because I love my Peavey wolfgang neck and because I'm a sucker for birdseye maple, so it will probably end up in every guitar I'm going to build! I was able (fortunately) to use a friend's workshop to do bandsawing and some bandsanding. Most of the work was done in my garage and back-yard however. Tools Some tools I created to get this done: fret press fret-slot duplicating jig simple thickness routing jig templates for body, neck, pickup cavity routing and trem routing Background This guitar is special to me as it proves that with few professional tools but a lot of care and attention basically anybody can build a good guitar. I've had the idea of building a guitar for a long time, but just not felt comfortable doing it and stuck to customizing. In the end it's just a question of doing it! Special thanks to all you guys on ProjectGuitar providing tutorials, tips&tricks and advice. Without this I wouldn't have been able to get this result. I've learned tons of stuff for my next projects. Swel Guitars Swel is Frisian ( local language ) for Swallow and is the symbol of my town so I used it as a name for my guitar(s) and hence also the inlays. Thanks for reading! ...link to a short video with crappy guitar playing.
  7. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the first ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round for 2017! 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 read into the discussion until you've cast your vote! Polls close automagically on 1st Feb 2017, however this thread is permanently open for discussion Voting for Guitar Of The Year 2016 is still open; if you've not done so already, head over to vote for one of the twelve winners from 2016; make your vote count!
  8. Welcome to the first Guitar Of The Month contest for 2017! 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, a photo posting to our Facebook 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 creation 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 we encourage instruments made by professional builders to have that disclosure made so there is a more even balance between weekend warriors and grizzled veterans. 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. 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!
  9. This thread is an ongoing and open discussion on laser cutting. It also serves as a support thread for our comprehensive guide to cutting router templates on a laser. If you have a design that you'd like to have laser-cut but are unsure on whether it is "good to go", share it here and the members experienced in laser cutting will offer you advice and/or fixes. Attaching DXF or similar vector files is fine; just ensure that they fall within the site's file sizing guidelines. Discussions on local/national laser cutting services of interest is also encouraged; if you're a business owner and would like to advertise your own services here, PM us and we can talk about your in-house design protocols, reducing setup costs, writing up a Supplier Listing, etc. Discounts for ProjectGuitar.com members with jobs that are good to go are encouraged.
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    Want to have another look at this year's Guitar Of The Month entries....? Check out our Guitar Of The Month archives!
  11. "This is an original design in that its not a direct copy of any existing guitar. It is a single-cut design that incorporates the features that I love about Les Pauls, but eliminates the things I don't care for. My brand is "Addict" although I'm not actually a professional guitar builder. I call this model the "22 Special". When I refer to things I don't care for, I mean a body shape that's too rounded for my taste, bridge, pickups, and strings too high above the body, the well known big heel and difficult upper fret access, heavily angled string pull over the nut producing tuning stability problems when doing a lot of bending, and of course cheap factory parts and plastic inlays. This model has the following notable features: Neck-through-body construction 3-piece laminate neck Carbon fiber neck reinforcement Specs: 24 3/4" scale length (actual) 22 stainless steel frets Genuine South American mahogany ( Swietenia macrophylla ) body and neck Body and fretboard binding Bookmatched, figured maple top Ebony fretboard Unbleached bone nut Blue Paua abalone fretboard and truss rod cover inlays Rosewood cavity covers Tonepros Nashville bridge and tailpiece Schaller locking 3x3 tuning machines Seymour Duncan pickups (JB and Jazz) Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch (standard config) CTS pots, orange drop caps Nitrocellulose Lacquer Weight 9.3 lbs
  12. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to this month's 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 read into the discussion until you've cast your vote! Polls close automagically on 1st January 2017, however this thread is permanently open for discussion The winner of this month's Guitar Of The Month contest snags the final spot for Guitar Of The Year 2016; voting is open throughout January so be sure to make your votes count!
  13. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entries for December 2016! 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, a photo posting to our Facebook 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 creation 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 we encourage instruments made by professional builders to have that disclosure made so there is a more even balance between weekend warriors and grizzled veterans. 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. 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. Courtesy of forum member @KnightroExpress
  15. Reminder! This month's contest is the last chance to grab a slot in the Guitar Of The Year contest for 2016
  16. "Hi all, Started building guitars about two years ago and this my third project so far. I wanted to create a guitar with a clean look that shows the true beauty of natural wood. Build thread: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48311-third-times-the-charm/ Model: Vortex Specs: 25,5 scale neckthru Body material: 6 pieces, black limba, purpleheart, wenge and cocobolo Neck: 9 pieces, flamed maple, purpleheart, snakewood Fretboard: Cocobolo Electronics: Seymour duncan invader pickups, one tone, one volume, three way switch Control knobs: 3 pieces made from flamed maple, purpleheart and snakewood Hardware: Schaller 3D6 vintage copper bridge Schaller locking tuners in vintage copper Finish: Shellac
  17. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entries for November 2016! 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, a photo posting to our Facebook 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 creation 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 we encourage instruments made by professional builders to have that disclosure made so there is a more even balance between weekend warriors and grizzled veterans. 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. 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!
  18. Voting for this month's Guitar Of The Month is now open!
  19. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to this month's 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 read into the discussion until you've cast your vote! Polls close automagically on 1st December, however this thread is permanently open for discussion!
  20. "Hi first of all i apologise as the pics are taken on my phone as I don't have a good digital camera. This is my first ever build and i set out to make my ideal guitar and did it as a one to one course in Manchester England with Phillip Porter guitars and had a great time doing it so i am sure i will have another guitar to enter in the near future !!! It was designed completely for my preference and as a bit of background I love the sound of semi hollow guitars and offset styles, single coil pickups, i also love the feel of Strats but there were always things I don't like about off the shelf guitars some of which are the access to the upper frets, neck profiles etc. (I love a thin neck profile but i have found most vintage style guitars have quite thick necks) and I like very light guitars, i wanted something individual but that has a sort of vintage vibe to it. and I always wanted my signature on the top of a guitar. I have found this to be a love or hate guitar when i have shown it to people but for me it is perfect. I hope you guys love it too! Specs: Body wood : swamp ash Top wood : flame maple Neck wood : flame maple Fretboard : ebony Inlays: abalone Control cavity cover : copper backed flamed maple (from the neck offcuts) The body is 2" thick in total. Hollowed out and carved on the top and back of the body to allow easy access to the frets, a back cut out, arm rest, angles on the top and sunk in volume and tone controls this was definitely the trickiest part of the build.maintaining a 10mm thickness on the back and 6mm on the top but it gives it a wonderful sound. I have included pictures off this on my build blog which I will finish shortly if anyone is interested. The neck is a thin C shaped profile, scale length is 25.5" and it has 24 frets at its longest point and 20 on the low E due to the s shape that is on the end of the fretboard and is continued through the guitar on the body and headstock to give it the very unusual offset look. the tuning keys are Schaller Da Vincis and the bridge is Schaller 3D-6 top loading bridge. The paint is a very strong blood orange colour mixed in with the lacquer whilst spraying the cap also the cap was stained with black dye and sanded black it is also slightly burst with black by airbrush to give the appearance of a binding using the cap wood. It was all done using AC lacquer. The pickups are underwound p90s that i wound myself, you might have noticed there is no pickup selector, i always play with a blend of pickups and preferred the look without the selector switch. Hope you guys like it as much as me!!!
  21. Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entries for October 2016! 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, a photo posting to our Facebook 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 creation 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 we encourage instruments made by professional builders to have that disclosure made so there is a more even balance between weekend warriors and grizzled veterans. 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. 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!
  22. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to this month's 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 read into the discussion until you've cast your vote! Polls close automagically on 1st November, however this thread is permanently open for discussion!
  23. "This is my third build, and has been a long time in the making – roughly six years. It is a double-neck version of my second build and is also a commission. I am a hobby builder with a small basement shop, but I recently acquired a CNC router which I hope shortens my build time :-) Specs: Body/necks: laminated mahogany/purpleheart/walnut, matching truss rod covers 3/4” flame maple top dyed “Midnight Grape” with faux binding Rosewood fretboards, 12” radius, jumbo frets, abalone & MOP “flying dot” inlays Recessed TOM bridge with string through, 12-string stoptail/string-through combo Sperzel tuners (yes, 18 of them) Flame maple/purpleheart pickup rings, tone/volume and pickup selector knobs Matched mahogany backplate and switch covers Gibson Burstbucker 2’s and 3’s Recessed jack Hand-rubbed nitro finish Weighs in at 12.6 lbs ----==---- Toddler68's full build thread can be found over on the forums here: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/43384-third-build-double-neck-trouble