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Guitar Of The Month - September 2014

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ProjectGuitar.com's Guitar Of The Month contest is a showcase for all members to exhibit their creations and to vote on whose is this month's favourite. The contest is open entry for any and all members. The winner(s) receive a featured article placement at the top of the ProjectGuitar.com homepage, default site background wallpaper and privileged member perks across the site (plus a shiny member badge in the forums!). The main ProjectGuitar.com site sees thousands of unique visitors from around the Internet so show off your work for the world to see!

Submissions are open throughout the month until about the last week when public voting open. Polls automatically close at the tick of midnight on the 1st of each month.

Tips and Guidelines

  • Post a maximum of four eight of your best photos for each guitar entered.
  • Ensure that your guitar has a name otherwise one will be given to it. :)
  • 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 background as a builder helps give context to your build. Knowing whose build is a "first-timer" and those of highly experienced builders can change a voter's mind in the contest. 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, etc. Tell us more about the instrument!
  • 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 seasoned 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 tend to attract more votes from the general community.

Unsure what to write? Have a look around the entry archives for suggestions.

If you are unable to link/post photographs or have any other questions about the GOTM contest, either PM me or ask forum members; we're a helpful bunch! In general it is recommended to upload your photos into ProjectGuitar.com Gallery and inserting them using the "My Media" button in the post editor.

This thread is exclusively for entry posts only - any post that is not an entry will be deleted. We love to hear your discussions and opinions on the month's entries whilst the polls are open. Alternatively, head over to that instrument's build thread if one has been made in the entry post.

Good luck to all entrants!


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Anu Guitars
This guitar is was completed one the first nine Anu Guitars. I chose to leave these guitars unnumbered because I started and finished them all together.
  • Eyra has a book matched Buckeye burl top and back
  • Flame maple inside
  • Flame maple accents around the fretboard truss rod cover, control knobs, and under the bridge plate.
  • The single coil pickups are hand wound on the warm spectrum (I have no way of measuring other than how many winds around which is i thounk any where from 7000-7800 depending on which pickup)
  • Ebony fretboard
  • stainless steel frets
  • Golden bronze 2.5mm side dots
  • bronze strap locks
  • Black and gold hard tail bridge
  • Gold cup jack plate
  • Six way rotary pickup selector and a tone knob for the neck and bridge pickups
  1. Neck
  2. Neck, Middle
  3. Middle
  4. Middle bridge
  5. bridge
  6. All three
  • Matching Buckeye burl headstock veneer
  • Matching Buckeye burl control knobs
  • Continuous wood backplate
  • Water based lacquer finish

This guitar was build in a packed garage and my bedroom lol quite a while ago. Never had a camera and even still its not all that great of quality, but I think the idea gets across. As inspiration I spend my days being mystified by whats around and enjoy my days with what I come across, working with whats around to learn from and play along with all I see and find in natures compliments and differences. I really enjoy making all my instruments and artwork and so I could'nt resist keeping this one around to enjoy myself


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  • 3 weeks later...

Tailcutter Guitars 7 string RG


- RG shape, oversized a bit to keep the overall proportions balanced

- 7 string, 26.5'' scale

- 53mm width at nut, 70mm width at 24th fret

- maple/sapele/maple neck with angled and reversed maple headstock and 2mm ash headstock cap, and flame maple veneer on the back

- ash body, 2 piece

- Gotoh tuners in black

- Fixed bridge, black

- EMG 707 for bridge & neck position

- padouk fingerboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, offset aluminium rods for inlays, filled with padouk dust & CA glue.

- volume, tone & 3way toggle switch, Ibanez JPM control layout.

- bone nut (bone cooked and sawed by myself)

- metallic silver finish w/ ghost logo graphic, and transparent satin 2K poly lacquer

- black dome knobs

- matching headstock.

Original build thread

This guitar is made to have some use of hardware that was laying around.
Even though it looks generic, it's everything but.
The neck is wider at nut than most 7 strings, it has 26,5'' scale, and a bit oversized body so it doesn't look goofy with a neck that big.
The guitar is really comfortable to play to a guy my size, and a regular guitar feels like a toy after this one.
Not my first build project, but one of the rare that got completed :)


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Afterimage Guitars - MSR7 "Dune"

Always willing to try something different, even if only to say I've got the T-shirt to say I've done it. The idea of mutliscale instruments has always intrigued me, and being that my geographical location makes it extremely unlikely I would be able to find one to try out, the logical conclusion is that I should build one instead!

Body - Tasmanian Blackwood with Celery Top Pine/Tas Myrtle/CTP stringers

Top - Figured Tas Oak

Neck - Tas Myrtle with Tas Blackwood accents

Headstock - 3x4 configuration, with matching Tas Oak figured headplate

Fretboard - Jarrah with Cheesewood "ring" fret markers

Scale length - 26.5" - 25.5", 7th fret perpendicular
Radius - 16"
Trussrod - Allied Lutherie
Tuners - Hipshot Open Gear Grip Lock
Frets - Jumbo nickel silver

Nut - Graphtech black Tusq XL
Pickups - EMG 707 bridge, EMG 60-7 neck
Bridge - ABM independent saddles, top-loading
Electronics - 1x vol, 1 x 3-way toggle

Finish - Danish Oil

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Independent Hill Guitars
Proto Bass
This is my first scratch build
  • Original(ish) body design
  • Birdseye Maple and Curly Walnut body
  • Inlays of African Black Wood, Red Oak and Padauk.
  • The pickups are active pickups from the Gibson 20/20 Bass
  • Pickup rings hand-made from Padauk.
  • Carvin Neck Ebony fretboard
  • 34" Scale
  • Gold Gotoh bridge
  • Gold Gotoh Compact Bass Tuners
  • Gold football jack plate
  • Bridge and Neck pickup volume controls
  • Onboard active EQ based on the RD Artist Bass, Bass and Treble controls, Push-Pull switch on Bridge volume control activates 'Lead EQ'
  • Wood control cover
  • Tru-Oil finish

This bass was inspired by scoring the first pickup off of e-bay; the seller didn't really describe it beyond "Gibson Bass Pickup"; when I got it I discovered it was an active pickup -- too good for my old EB-0 clone. So I got another and decided to build a bass around these pickups. The body design is sort of a fusion of the RD and Non-Reverse Firebird, I put the pickups in the same locations as the RD bass. The odd three point mounts on the pickups required a pair of custom rings that I made out of Padauk. I decided to complete the RD theme by replicating the EQ section of the RD Artist bass. I managed to build that on perf-board and fit it into the control cavity. Next time I'll get brave and build my own neck!


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