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Guitar Of The Month - October 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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This month I’m submitting my entry the “Kamikaze Barracuda BSB.” I had a new student starting awhile back and I wanted to do it a little different this time around so I decided to start a build to work along side him with. Naturally I chose something simple so I wasn’t over-complicating my life as I had a batch of instruments going myself as well.


In keeping with the theme of “simple” i thought of the Kamikaze series. Besides their paint jobs they were pretty dumbed down guitars. Also, someone gave me an EMG-81 for free so I figured why not build a single-pickup, shred guitar?

For the finish I took inspiration from one of my favorite finishes of all time, the so called “burnt stained blue’ of the JEM7BSB which ironically was not actually blue, but a stain called “swamp green.” There were a couple of things wrong with the BSB finishes though. They were an oiled finish over a stained body. This meant that over the years (especially on high-wear areas like the neck) the stain would get rubbed away and fade. Also, the bodies were made of basswood and therefore highly prone to scratches, dings, and dents being weak wood under a weak finish. Sadly, this has left many a BSB scarcely played as they’re a bit of a collector’s item and people didn’t want them to deteriorate. Lastly, the burnt part of the BSB literally came from the process of burning the wood to give it its signature look.

With all this in mind I wanted to do an homage to the instrument, but not in a way that encouraged people not to play it. Therefore, I went with a rosewood neck instead of the stained maple one. This got rid of the most-rubbed-off-stain area issue. I wanted to keep true to the basswood body though, so I tackled this by not only burning, but downright scorching some areas. This, coupled with a piece of basswood that I specifically left (although solidified) some end checks in, I purposefully created a body that was already damaged and therefore the player shouldn’t have fear of future damage.

Lastly, since this wasn’t a serious build for me, but a follow-along with a student I wanted to get some experimentation out of this. So I tried a couple of news things:

- Persimmon fretboard and top (the only true ebony to grow in North America). Side note: it turned out to be an absolutely wonderful wood to work with, great character, and a good fretboard wood being both hard as well as extremely stable I’ve found.

- Glow in the dark face and side dots, as well as my logo

- Plastic binding



Basswood with Persimmon top

Bound in Ivoroid

“Burst Stained Blue” tru-oil finish


25.5” scale 16” radius Persimmon fretboard

Glow in the dark “teal recon stone looking” side and face dots, and logo. You can see my tutorial on those in the video at the end.

Persimmon head plate, no truss rod cover

East Indian Rosewood bolt on neck


Single EMG-81 in the bridge

Volume and tone controls

Blue LED “power” button: This literally controls the battery. EMGs will work as a quiet passive pickup, so it is not a kill switch. This, hopefully, negates the heartache of wasting an entire 9v battery simply because you forgot to unplug your cable after use (in EMG circuits the sleeve of a stereo jack is used to turn on/off the battery).


Original Floyd Rose

Hipshot open back locking tuners

Schaller style blue strap locks










Tutorial Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WOEj6eLREQ&list=UUR3_-A0lKRMIhHL0aNlu0zw

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Hey PG friends, I'm submitting Knightro JR for this month's GOTM.

This is my first scratch build, 100% designed and built by me. In keeping with my novice status, I decided to go for a fairly simple vintage-inspired configuration roughly based on a Les Paul DC JR. This guitar was mostly built on a folding workbench in my apartment, though I was able to rent time at a local wood shop for larger and messier operations.



African mahogany with hand-rubbed oil finish


Maple neck

Indian rosewood fretboard w/MOP dots

24.5" scale w/24 frets

16" radius


Graphtech Ratio tuning machines

Graphtech Resomax Wraparound bridge

Graphtech TUSQ XL nut


Stewmac Golden Age P90

CTS 250k Volume/Tone pots

Emerson .015uf PIO cap

50's style wiring






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Ash Cairbre .

So specs are, bookmatched ash top on a chambered ash back with a walnut veneer between. a 5-piece Maple and walnut neck and a wenga fretboard.
Gotoh tuners, Gotoh bridge, Seymour Duncan pups ,a Pearly Gates in the neck and a custom 5 in the bridge. Both are coil tapped from the tone.

25 1/2 scale, 6105 frets, bone nut, 500K CTS pots and Mallory 150 series .047mfd tone capacitors, all wrapped up in Melamine lacquer to allow the tone to shine through.









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Natural Blonde

This guitar has a book matched maple top over an african mahogany body with a sapele neck, and a cumara fingerboard. 24 5/8 scale, 22 frets, and a vintage style truss rod. I went with all cream colored trim for a simple balanced look. For the hardware I used a generic adjustable wrap tail bridge, and grover roto's. I wound the pickups to vintage specifications with AlNiCo 5 magnets. It's tinted with aniline dye, and finished with nitrocellulose lacquer. Thanks for looking.









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For consideration:

Acoustic Archtop #2 (8th instrument)

Name: Sunrise


-25" Scale

-17" Lower Bout with 3" Sides

-Sitka Spruce Soundboard, Parallel Bracing

-Master Grade Flamed Maple Back, Sides and Neck

-Ebony Fretboard, Bridge, Tailpiece, Finger Rest and Headstock Overlay

-Gold MOP Block Inlays

-Black Binding with W/B/W Binding

-Gold EVO Fretwire

-Gold Grover Statite Tuners

-Dyed Sunburst Finish with Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

-Kent Armstrong Floating Humbucker with Schatten Thumbwheel Volume/Tone Controls

Here are a few finished and progress photos:









Edited by Geoff St. Germaine
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