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  1. PRS's secret and working girls
  2. I believe Russ did a double neck where he did one with the fret numbers inlayed and the other neck with the notes inlayed. This would be a quick way to learn the notes really, lol. It was pretty interesting, the colors and such were not my taste but it was customer requested. Anyhow, I actually just mentioned doing this to one of my friends as I've liked the idea since I saw it. Ooh now I remember it was my buddy Dave who I spoke with it about as he is doing some roman numerals of 12 for the 12th fret inlay which looked really cool and I thought doing all the inlays as roman numerals would be really cool looking. J
  3. Haha too funny, a few years ago here at PG I photoshopped a picture of a keyboard onto the neck of the guitar and thought it was a funny but cool idea. I can't recall what the subject was about now, but its funny to think back on the idea now. I've also had dreams of ideas that both worked out and some that never did, I always find getting the idea down on paper the toughest because I start forgetting the dream so quickly I end up not getting all of the details. Haven't had any cool dreams like this in a while though, most of my dream lately have been about me partying and smoking, I guess stuff my mind misses, lol. J
  4. Ottovola- Neat flame job on that guitar and really like the effort in getting the pickups involved as well. Really a great job on the refinish, keep those project rolling. Andyt-This is one of two I struggled with for my final vote. It is truly inspiration and has had a tremendous response from so many. Just looking at the thread kicked off hundreds of ideas in my head right away, I think it was the clear and black swirl that I find the most interesting. No doubt the foil as a base is awesome, but just the idea to use that foil base and use a clear and black swirl just blew me away, such a cool idea with so many potential combinations. This didn't end up getting my vote in the end, but it was just a coin flip essentially, I don't feel this was any less than the one I voted for. I'm not even a fan of the shape or carve personally, but the whole finishing process was exceptional, great work. Lil Petrucci- Looks very nice, but its just tough to get a good overall feel for the project. From the pics I see it looks great, it would have been possibly better to have a few pics that show the entire front and back. The detailed photos look great though, looks like a very nice instrument and I love what you did with the ash, very nice result there. All in all great build, look forward to seeing more. Swedish-Very nice project here, really diggin' the color and design of the project. The fretboard and inlays work great here and I really like the upper and lower horns. The only thing that I wasn't big on, on a personal level, is the length of the guitar. I have no idea how well this particular design would work if you shortened it, but it just seemed a tad long for my tastes, but I love the design, so its trade off and again I don't know if you could shorten it without altering the design too much anyway, but as I said I really dig this build. I'd say it was in my top 3. The carve, the binding, and knob placement are all beautiful. Great project, look forward to seeing more. Low End Fuzz- What has been said already is how I feel really. I really do like the project and the little inlay thing you did, but its just a bit too busy and clashes with itself a bit too much. I think its super neat and looks like something that would be fun to build. Also, I feel the work put in was top quality, some of the ways you put it together are tricky and you did a great job of this. Much appreciation on the worksmanship and congrats on an excellent build. KPcrash-Nice build, its one of those as said that probably looks so much better in person. Its not easy to get photos sometimes and certain types don't come across all that well. I believe one of the ones Wez won with was a darker finish somewhat similar to this and I felt on that one that it would look better in real life as well. I like the shape and size of that bass as well, it looks like a great player, a guitar you could really jam on. I bet if you continued with the tru-oil and did a glossier finish it would look amazing, though I feel that the end of the fretboard really needs a thicker piece of binding because it just looks off right there. Maybe its the pics, but it looks like that piece is much thinner than the rest of the binding. Either way congrats, very nice build. RDiquartto- Well this is the build that snagged my vote and in seeing the numbers up already of the 30 voters so far I was truly surpised that I was only the second person to vote for this instrument. It really is a beautiful piece. The burst on the top is just beautiful, so it the wood, I really like the interesting figure on this one, a bit different from the norm. I really like how the carve and burst match up so well and I just loved the color scheme all around. Very well done. I would have liked to see more of a shiny ebony board, just to really bring it altogether, but honestly, it works great as is. I always have liked that inlay set as well. Good choice on bridge, gotta get those locking studs!, and like the pups. The only thing that I wasn't a fan of was the lower knob placement. I kinda felt it should have remained on a flat plane like the first knob. The switch is fine being on the angle like that, but the bottom knob would have looked better moved up an inch or two onto the flat plane, again though this is just a personal preference. Regardless, this one got my vote, just an exceptional build that not only portrays quality worksmanship, but it looks beautiful as well. great build. Hydrogeoman- Very nice tele! I don't even like tele's a bit, but every so often someone builds one that changes my mind a bit and this is one of those. It looks great, a guitar that I'd be extremely proud to display and a guitar that I'd love to play. I really like the use of walnut with the white/pearloid binding and pickguard, it really works well. Not to mention the who scheme works well like the curly maple neck with the walnut body. It just looks great and its an instrument that I'd love to have in my personal arsenal to see what differences in sounds I could find, I haven't played any walnut instruments and greatly look forward to having one of my own. This guitar really pushes me toward some walnut, a couple local places have some decent stock of the stuff as well. Nice guitar! Kenny- Very nice looking guitar here. It just looks so comfortable and easy on the eyes. A very natural looking guitar, carve and all. I like the bridge design as always. The design and headstock look good as well. Really like the natural top and finish. I also liked what you did with the fret ends, the only thing is I'd prefer to see the outer strings in more from the edge of the fretboard, they are a tad close for my taste, a recut on the nut would probably do it, though if it was still close at the end of the fretboard I'd look at the overall taper of the board, I'm sure it's a bit trickier with making your own bridge because you have to base everything on how they bridge comes out, I think its well worth it for those bridges, they are super neat looking. Is it tough to get thickness down, do you require much of a neck angle with those handmade bridges, I don't require what Erik did in that respect either. If it was too think it'd need to go through and into the top, too thick and you have to use a significant neck angle. Just curious on what route you go. Good stuff either way. I keep looking at the pole pieces on the bridge pup and can't think of any way to get a better match without changing to normal bridges. I don't think SD has any wider pole piece spacing pup do they. In doing your own bridge like what you do, its tough because general products don't always match I'd bet. No big deal really, I'm sure it has little if any effect, just something I've noticed on instruments where individual saddles are used, like basses and what not. Anyhow, truly a beautiful instrument. I look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for the next one, no doubt it'll be nice. Boggs-Hehe, I like your post in the GOTM. Your guitars are the type that I know I'd love once I got my hands on them. The style isn't one I'd consider in my taste, but really when it comes down to it, I'm not the type of person who would base buying or not buying on looks. Just like that guy you spoke about I'm sure once I got my hands on one I'd fall in love with it. I prefer a small bodies comfortable guitar that I can really work around. In normal sized guitars I'm fine so long as they are carved smoothly, but I'm sure that guitar would suit me well. Plus its chambered which always makes things more interesting. I did a belly carve on my project that was chambered, but it was close and risky thing to do. I think in the future I may stick to this path, but just do slightly less depth of the chamber and further in from the edge so I can carve, I think it'd be something worth trying in your design as well, might come out pretty cool. Anyhow, as always nice worksmanship, interesting guitar that I'm sure plays like a dream. Best of luck in getting your work out there, I think what your doing is the right way to go, getting people to play them is what works best, so good job and congrats. Jer7440-Nice rig! Hehe in messing around with guitar hero world tour tonight, I played around with the design of my instrument and it came out real close to what you have there, of course with out the neat inlays and that good stuff, but the color scheme and everything. Its very cool looking burst and the maple board with rosewood binding, inlays, headcap, and knob, somehow really blends in well. In other words it all fits together very well. I also like the design you used on your bridge ferrules, not sure if I've seen that specific design much if at all on any other personal instrument. Did you find that somewhere and like it or just decide upon it on your own or what? It works really well, especially for that design. I think it'd work great for any single cut and any roundish double cut. Very nice instrument, look forward to seeing your next. Another great month. Man this place is getting out of control, it used to be easy to choose or there would be two or three that were real contenders, now it seems every month that nearly every single instrument up there is a worthy of the win. The craftsmanship is through the roof around here, which is great, I really enjoy seeing all these amazing instruments and I'm sure it helps push others here to step up their work. Really a great forum we have here I think, I'm very proud just to be a member. Well, nice instruments everyone, I'd love to own each and everyone. Congrats. Jason
  5. +1 on that bump. My friend and I just our Ziricote fretboards done and they look absolutely amazing and I can't wait to get them on an instrument. One bass board will be a replacement for a friends Peavey that I'm fixing and the other guitar scale will be for my next build. Very nice stuff, will post some pics at some point. Really excellent work, will be sending off for another board more than likely soon as I'm planning my friends wife's guitar, body is already on the way, so gotta get a fretboard going soon here. Anyhow, Erik does great work, far and away my first choice. Jason
  6. I'd love some!!! I'll shoot you a pm. I've been hounding my Dentist for a while and he keeps forgetting to save them for me. Got some inlay work coming on too, would be a great help! Jason
  7. Wow, another serious month! I think this is close to the most, I think one month not too long ago there was 13, but there might have been several from one builder that month. All of the rigs just looked great this month, each of inspiring in their own ways. Pete's Blue Tele was a great project. A local friend of mine and PG member were discussing GOTM and Petes build early this month and its tough judging so many great projects. I've always had my own way of determining votes that take into consideration many different factors, but even with this it is still difficult. Pete's Tele is an amazing project that came out excellent. I think the amount of work put into this speaks for itself, just look at relating threads. Not to mention that it is extremely difficult to take a guitar design/style alter enough to make it completely your own, yet not go overboard and make it look ridiculous. Pete's balanced this perfectly, it's his own take on the design and looks amazing, it would probably out sell many other styles sold from the company and thats without including the intense electronics. All in all an amazing project. I think maybe the only thing working against him is that is flows so well as a design that it almost comes off as just another great piece of guitar porn and not an actual project. I dunno, very cool project, very well done, nice work! Matts- Yeah, glad to see Metal back in action. Really it was Matt and all his unique designs that inspired me when I first wanted to build my own guitar, he inspired me to find my own shape, I was always a fan of all his threads. Another great design and project here. I think the thing that most impresses me is that forearm carve. Sounds stupid, but man oh man, I don't know if I've ever seen a better one. It flows into the bevels flawlessly and it just accents the entire design. I actually like the woods as in they look good, though I have a huge hunk of Purple heart and I'm not a big fan of working with it, but it can look great on certain projects and I actually this it suits this project well. The fretboard end and lack of inlays looks great, headstocks works well. Great project, very well executed and although a UV inhibiting finish might help, I really like the look of it in those pics. Great Stuff Matt and your other work looks great, love that green. Daniel- Super nice looking guitar, love the blue, love the shape as it looks very comfortable and fun to play, no doubt that end up my gigging rig. Like everyone elses thoughts the relicing doesn't do it for me, I think maybe just doing like all satin hardware and such would have been preferred, who knows. Either way its an amazing looking guitar fit and finish. Very nice work! MrButtman-Well done! Looks great all the way around, finish came out great. The only slight concern I'd have was mentioned in your thread about the grain direction, but it seems to be alright, so no worries there. I have a strong feeling that the pictures are not doing that finish justice because I can see the red in the middle as being much brighter in real life. I just have a feeling we aren't getting a good idea of the true colors. Still its look great, very solid and very well done, nice stuff. Killemall-As usual, very nice guitar and very well done. Your finishes are looking nicer each time and you did a great job with that bubinga veneer. In doing a small flatsawn bubinga veneer on my headstock I can't imagine it being an easy task getting it perfect across an entire guitar body. I struggled just with the back of my headstock, though it was the volute that was the culprit there. Anyhow, very well done, the woods fit together well very great choices, hardware fits well, all in all another great build. Decadentjon- Very neat design well executed. I really like that extended neck that ends under the bridge pickup. I just like the idea you can see the neck, but not the end of the neck like you can on some basses and some guitars. With it ending under the pickup it looks very cool. Very nice smooth looking neck also. Control plate works well. Not huge on the forearm cut, but I bet it feel beautiful. The "nolay" as I'll call it looks very cool also, different and interesting. Very nice build, great job. J Boggs- Another nice entry. I like the project. The design on the back looks very nice and is well places as it splits the string thru ferrells perfectly. The graphic on the front is cool as well. I think that type of design would be great for jammin' with buddy's or at practice as you can rip around on that thing and have a great time. All in all great build and nice execution. J 48- Great build! This was actually my vote this month. It just appeals to me greatly, it also stood out significantly yet looks near flawless. I followed your two previous builds and in seeing this one, I just had to say wow. You really did an amazing job. I really can't believe it was your first neck either and on top of that a neck thru. Just everything about this build is great, all the details you spent time on look great, the color is amazing and works so well with the maple on the back. The fretboard end and inlays are perfect and a great choice. Yeah, this just stood out and would be an amazing build for someone who builds for a job, can't believe thats your third seriously! Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see more projects from you in the future. You're bound to grab a GOTM with builds like that. Daniel-Another great build for the month. I really can't wait until PG gets so big that we start having GOTM's for acoustics and electrics. Very nice acoustic, love the limba of course, choice piece. Inlays look very nice, binding is great, bridge looks very smooth. Just a great build. Seriously the only thing that I would have love to have seen was exactly what I think Wez mentioned, binding the sound port with ebony. Wheew that would have put this one over the top no doubt, still an amazing piece regardless. I'd love to own a guitar that beautiful. Great build. jvilla-Nice project! Interesting body, I like the smooth carve on the body. The thing I like the most is that two tone cristibol fretboard, wow, what a great choice, it looks amazing. The hardware all fits well inlcuding the abalone topped knobs. In one of the pics it shows how nice the finish looks, very nice! All in all very nice build, look forward to seeing more of your work around the forum. Bluesy- Well, dpm99 and I were hanging out the other day and your guitar came up. We both were laughing because you built it so fast and it came out great really. You'd ask a question on how to do something, then pull it off like you'd done it a dozen times already. Very nice project and not an easy one to build, especially when you don't have all the tools that make it easy. Very impressive stuff and very well executed. I really can't wait to see what you will build in the future. I really liked your entire project, very well done and best of luck. All of the builds this month were great and inspiring. PG is a seriously awesome forum to be apart of, I'm thankful I found this place years ago. Not only is it a great place to learn and get feedback, but its a great community to hang out with. Congrats to all the entries, all excellent builds. Best of luck to you all. J
  8. I ended up voting for the Kelvinator, I forgot to comment though when I did. I've voted for other orgmorg guitars in the past as I find them neat and timeless, although that is almost the exact opposite of the idea behind them in using aged products. I just find it great to take something else altogether and turn it into not only a playable guitar, but one that looks well constructed. There is a very thin line between leaving too much of that raw look and polishing it too much as an instrument and I felt that this one in particular found the perfect median. Honestly, I bet I would end up playing it a lot, but having mounting it on the wall while not in use. Aside from that it has a feel, almost a hertige to it and that is appealing, similar to how some see ukes. Many great instruments this month once again and as stated my vote went with the Kelvinator! Zyons guitar was awesome as well, something I would enjoy owning no doubt. Nicely done with a great choice in woods and I really liked the choice in finish for that one. Plus it looks nice and smooth and some portions of zebra can be miserable to get perfectly smooth. This build was right at the top of my choices as well. Scottys basses are always wicked and I've voted for them a few times already, so I felt someone else deserved the vote this month, though it was still one I considered for a great while, very nice build like the others I voted for. The firebird was wicked. I loved the grain on that fretboard, another great zebra choice there and I actually really like the natural top with black sides and back, plus white binding, very neat looking. The only thing with this one, is when looking at the whole build, I feel like there is some color missing from the project, I think that black hardware would have made a tremendous difference on this one and could have likely stolen my vote as I really liked the entire build, the top just needed that little bit of extra contrast to bring the back and the stripes from the fretboard together. Just how my eyes saw it, this is such a minor difference that I did not let it weight much at all in my decision, which is why this one was right at the top as well. Matt's guitar was awesome, I've enjoyed watching that one come together. The finish looks great on it and for a little guitar it looks excellent. That is something that I'd hope gets passed down the generations in your family, very cool and very well done. Beautiful woods, great handmade pieces on the instrument like the tailpiece, very nice work. Argytars build is another great build. I always love LP's and this one is no exception, I really like the burst coloring on this one, bit different and very nice. I like the figure on the top, does not draw away any attention from the instrument as a whole, yet gives just enough to make it look very nice. Another great build with a beautiful finish, very well done and a guitar anyone would be proud of, excellent work. And last but not least the Less Tall. I thoroughly enjoyed going through the threads with the different sized LP's. I think the idea of this guitar being fully functional and reasonable as a playable instrument is what makes it so cool. As Josh pointed out, downsizing an instrument perfectly is no simple task as you must adjust proportions so it doesn't look ridiculous. To have an LP come out looking so sweet at that size says a lot. I'm sure a lot more time and effort went into building a smaller version of an LP than would have if it was a full sized LP, even though it would seem opposite. I really liked this build a lot and look forward to seeing future instruments. All in all, great instruments all around, great work everyone. J
  9. As Wez said, in the video that bushing came out super easy, which is why he probably didn't have to bother worrying about slipping, he was barely using any force. I think as said, he had just removed it, pushed it back in for a demo of the idea. Either way its a pretty cool idea. J
  10. Agreed, truly an amazing month this one. Each and every build looks solid and well done. I ended up going with Pukkos build because I really liked it the minute I saw the initial thread when it had only just begun. Even long before it had a finish or any of the really cool features I liked it, then when all those little details were added, it just went above and beyond in my eyes, truly a gorgeous instrument with a well developed yet unique style to it. All the entries were extremely appealing though and I doubt I could even pick a top three, I think they all are right there together, just epic builds. Congrats to all you guys with guitars this month! I think probably each and every one could be Guitar of the Month. Very well done. J
  11. Hmm, I would say just steam the dent, you'd likely be able to get it back to flat or real close, but with some truoil coats already building I don't believe it would work. Maybe if you stripped it back, steamed it out and then started again. Not sure really though, it sucks that it happened after you already started with the tru oil other wise with a soldering iron and a wet paper towel you could have likely steamed most of it or all of it out. Oh well. As for the truss adjustment there, I never saw it as a mistake or anything, just a unique idea. For the next one maybe use that extra fretboard space for the hole plus maybe put an inlay around the hole itself, like a sun with rays coming off or something, that way you could make it stand out as a feature, use an inlay and still maintain all frets intact. Very nice looking build, that walnut is beautiful, same with the neck. Good work. J
  12. I went with Phil's Bass as well, just an amazing instrument. To design and create nearly every piece of that instrument is amazing, also the fact that it doesn't even look remotely bulky or out of proportion is a serious achievement in my eyes. I can see how a knowledgeable/skilled player could have a blast with that thing, probably opens up the doors for all kinds of new and different techniques that aren't possible with less strings. Very cool build, excellent craftsmanship, and it just looks amazing, nice work Phil. Aside from Phil's entry, I found all the entries to be excellent builds! It was a nice mix this month of instruments, some nicely figured and some with plenty of nice laminates, all very nice stuff. They were all top notch builds. J
  13. I think in order to get an accurate quote, you must type in the dimensions of the board. After doing that I was able to get the proper prices for the different woods. Pretty cool little setup on the spreadsheet, very helpful for those who want specific boards. Best of luck Erik! J
  14. The way it was done was how everyone described it. There are easier ways, however at the time I didn't have resaw equipment, so I basically needed to route down the thickness on the body as killemall said about 3/8" I think and just left a raised section that I cut with a japanese handsaw, they are flexible which enables you to get a fairly flat cut against the body. I would suggest leaving an area as big as you can cut, so you can properly align the grain. I'll post a couple pics of the process, I didn't really have much equipment at the time, so I kinda just made due, worked out though. stinky zebrawood chips Done routing Handsaw the cover Starting to clean up body and cover Pretty close on the grain match! Designing cavity and cover templates Laminating cover for extra stability Routed and test fitted Honestly, the only reason I put all those pictures is because I took hundreds of photos while working, so I might as well use them somewhere. As I said, I didn't have many tools or money at the time, so it is what it is and there are better ways to go about it I'm sure. I just posted pics to show how I did it, I would definitely look to the advice above from some of the other posters as there is more experience there. This project is getting close to being finished, slow process for me, but its enjoyable. The notch was done to remove the cover, thankfully I remembered to do this before gluing on the top, wheew. I saw a few guitars with small notches and honestly, from a short distance it looked like some kind of dent or knot, so I kinda made it more of a noticeble feature as I prefered this look, should look better when finished. With a somewhat thick wood cover you need some notch otherwise there's no getting it off, especially when its snug and overdone with magnets, didn't need that many. Thank you Wez for the heads up, probably would never have seen this thread. J
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