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Guitar Of The Month - February 2015

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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 opens. Polls 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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Here's my latest. She's been a long time coming and is the prototype of one of the two shapes I've started my company using. It was called the "Meeting" shape when this whole thing started, but now I'm endearingly referring to her as "Model 2" from here forward. However, as you'll see, this version is short-scale while the production models are long-scale. It's actually a 25.5" fretboard with the first fret removed which makes it 24 1/16" scale. I'd really like to get my hands on an original jaguar because knowing how Leo thought... I bet they're actually 24 1/16" too!

Some of you may recognize her from my 'how to fabric finish with a light fabric' youtube how-to video.



Quilted birdseye maple 24" scale fretboard with abalone dots on a plain maple neck

1 11/16" nut width

Paisley fabric and kirelian birch burl headstock veneers

2-way LMI truss rod with carbon fiber reinforcement


Super light-weight paulownia wood in a 13.5" lower bout

Blue paisley fabric finish with blue bursted edges. Fabric even folds into the belly and arm bevel carves

Pearloid and custom made chromed steel pickguard elements

Hardware and finish:

USA Jaguar bridge (2 1/16" spacing), tremolo, mute, and standard controls

Personally wound jaguar-style pickups to vintage specs

Hipshot open-back locking tuners

Nitro gloss finish

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  • 3 weeks later...

Alright friends, I'll jump on in.

Presenting my second scratch-build: Voyager. If you've seen my thread, you know that this was built over the course of a few months at the Musicians Institute here in Los Angeles. If you haven't, now you know! This was my main project and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

Specs: Honduran mahogany body

Maple neck

Rosewood fretboard w/MOP inlays

25.5" scale

Gotoh hardtail bridge

Gotoh mini tuners

Custom hand-wound pickups









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