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  1. Phil, I didn't think he attacked you or your work. That would be flat out stupid. I just think his comments are conceited. There's enough of that going around here and I just pointed it out. I know I'm not alone in my opinion. But that's enough of this. Phil, I look forward to seeing more of your work. Dave
  2. I don't know about that. I was ahead of the only Tele clone in that GOTM. Seems tele clones are not in favor these days.
  3. GOTM is a bad choice for you then. How a direct strat clone made from premade parts can vote higher than a full custom jobbie with 50-100 photos showing the progress, AND a sound sample to show off its capabilities, well never cease to amaze me... but thats just how it is!! ← True. I didn't know that before I entered. While it seemed that winners are usually good choices, I never paid much attention to how the rest stacked up against each other. But I don't know what you mean about the pre-made strat clone comment. I assume you're referring to my guitar as the "full custom jobbie with 50-100 photos" and I didn't get outvoted by a premade strat clone. Only you, Godin and the crucible outscored mine. But point taken. GOTM isn't the "guage" I thought it was.
  4. I disagree. I made a concise and articulate point. Most children can't do that. Because, overall, it was better. I think the vote proved that the vast[/] majority agrees with me. I voted for Phil myself. Who'd you vote for? Don't try to back-peddle. Even I can say that not all of the entries are "great". And yes, opinion decides. That's why we call it a "vote". You've got yourself for that. By the way, if this is true, why bother entering? I'll put my cards on the table and say that I entered, and will enter again, to guage the quality of my work against those that are both more and less skilled than I am. If you look back at that post, you'll see my guitar was one of the last in. That means I saw all the excellent guitars I was up against. And as my first, I wanted to see where I stacked up. Despite what you say, I think you did too. That is just a weak attempt at re-directing the focus of my original post. And for the record, if I'm "childish" why did you resort to name-calling? I haven't.
  5. How do you figure? Hmm. How 'bout giving Phil some credit. He didn't just "beat" you. He destroyed your guitar, my guitar and everyone else in that month. Second place was but a formality. Should a semi-hollow win by default? Uh, no. Phil's bass won because it deserved to. A little modesty never hurt anyone.
  6. xlr8's Les Paul is simply beautiful but I had to give it to Mattia.
  7. I think it is not the most scariest part of the buil, but the most critical. You screw the neck, no matter how good the guitar is, it is worthless! And the neck per se is not the hard part, I find carving a body more challenging, but the fretting! Even the bought ones need a bit of work! to Include Carvins and Warmoth. Of the 4 necks that I have boought (not that many) all of them needed a bit of attention. ← Yes. It's the most critical. That's why folks are "scared" off. Not sure what you're saying though. On the one hand you say the neck isn't the hardest part but then you say fretting is. Fretting, that is, cutting slots, dressing, etc. is all part of the neck no? Also, fret dressing is also an art in and of itself. Properly levelling frets is something most who try, think they can do correctly. Takes dozens of tries before you really know what you're doing.
  8. Yes, yes, I know these are "project" guitars but let's face it: many take the easy way out and buy a neck. I don't care about bridges or pups or anything else. The neck and body are two most fundamental pieces of the instrument. As Perry said, you give credit where credit is due. If you build your own neck which most openly admit is the "scariest" part of building a guitar, then I'll give you more credit. A guitar would have to totally blow me away in every other aspect to get me to vote for it with a purchased neck. Dave
  9. Doug gets my vote. It's unique, has great wood, execution and is totally custom made. I also think the degree of difficulty was the highest of the bunch. I also cannot vote for a guitar that isn't completely scratchbuilt including the neck. Say what you want but that's how it goes for me. I hold myself to high standards and I hold the builders of ProjectGuitar.com to the same. Dave
  10. Jeremy, I'm not in love with the color on the back either. I have to chalk that up to my inexperience to finishing in general. I didn't know how the dye and the nitro would react together. I'm still learning. Coming from you though, I take your comments as a compliment. Thanks for taking the time to look! Dave Frattaroli
  11. I thought the lines in the fretboard wood were curved too. Didn't realize they were straight till I looked at some of the other build pics.
  12. I think it's safe at this point to concede victory to Phil. It's well deserved. In fact, I voted for your bass as well. I'll see you all in a future GOTM. PS Thanks to all of you who voted for my guitar and also for all the great compliments. Oh and Drak, you're most welcome! Dave Frattaroli
  13. I'm entering, for a chance at Guitar Of The Month for September 2005, my first build. I call it, the Egress. Egress means "window" or "portal" and I chose this name because this guitar represents my portal into the art of building guitars. Mahogany body with flamed maple top. Birdseye maple neck with Honduran Rosewood fretboard. Matching mahogany cavity covers. Spertzel tuners with pearloid buttons. Dunlop jumbo fretwire. Dimarzio Steve's Special in the bridge postion. Dimarzio Air Norton in the neck position. StewMac Mega P 5 way switch. Wilkinson trem bridge. The guitar features rounded body sides and Homestead Transfast Turquoise Blue dye under McFadden's Nitro Cellulose lacquer. The action is super comfortable and the tone is fat with an accent in the upper midrange. It's currently strung with .010 guage strings. For some reason, I was unable to get a picture that really gives an accurate representation of the color and gloss of this body. These are links to 3 more pics that do, as well as a link to my website illustrating the process. The newest pages are "Assembly" and "Complete". http://www.downinfrontht.com/images/body_polished_2.JPG http://www.downinfrontht.com/images/body_polished_1.JPG http://www.downinfrontht.com/images/body_polished_3.JPG http://www.downinfrontht.com
  14. I've gotta go with Perry on the "Ragas As Pro" issue. The site "implies" that you're a pro builder. Whether you make money or not is not the issue. You charge money. You should be ranked as a pro. Now there are good pros and bad pros. Which one you are is up to your customers I suppose. I see a screen name like RagasGuitars and I think "Hey, this is must be a pro builder" not "Hey, what a coincidence! The guy likes guitars and his last name is Guitars! Wow!" And as for the grain filling... Yes, I agree, I've seen expensive and well built guitars without it. However, I've never seen a "metal" or "evil" guitar in anything but a filled, glossy, usually black finish. That's just me since I don't like those designs anyway. Be that as it may, for those of us who are really amateurs, something like grain filling is a thing we take time to learn and do well. So when I see a guitar without it, I do tend to think, "that finish didn't take as much work as the beautiful glass like finish on so-and-so's guitar". And when someone has that opinion, you can't complain about it. Ok, so let's see who have I guaranteed a no-vote from when I enter my guitar for the GOTM, um there's Drak, Ragas, and at least 5 of their friends on the forum...
  15. For the record, I don't want to change anything. I just made a suggestion. I'm not a complete moron after all, I've seen how the voting has gone in the past and I've seen the comments. So, I know some folks get handicapped and I've seen the best guitar, IMO, lose. It seemed, in this thread, that the issue had been raised before I ever posted in it. So I thought I could add my opinion without it being a big deal.
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