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Guitar Of The Month - March 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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The '58 Vee

I don't focus on building replicas, but every now and then I get "the itch" and then I research the instrument as much as possible and stick to the techniques used to build the originals. I use the process to learn how things were done back in the day, and more often than not, I learn a few new tricks here and there.

This is pretty much a vintage correct replica of a 1958 Korina Flying V. Very few details depart from the original design: Laminated neck, offset fretboard dots and a cocobolo faceplate with the de-facto Blackdog logo: the feathers inlay.

The vintage correct construction, dimensions and processes were documented in .

The generalities:

Korina (white limba) two piece body.

Korina (laminated with a rosewood accent) neck with 17* angled back headstock (no scarf). Traditional compression one-way truss rod in a rounded, hand-filling, neck profile.

Vintage correct scale (24.75") and fret spacing (rule of 18).

Unbound cocobolo fretboard, 12" radius, with rolled edges.

All important joints were done with Hot Hide Glue, and finished in thin Amber nitro.

Hardware: Kluson tuners, for correctness and to keep the headstock as light as possible, Faber bridge, CTS/Switchcraft electronics.

Pickups right now are Gibson Classic 57/57+ but will be replaced with purpose built Blackdog pickups as soon as I get a clear idea on how I want to fine-tune the amplified sound.

Light as a feather, at exactly 3.0 Kg (6.6 lbs).

The rest you can see, as faithful to the 1958 instrument as it was possible to make.




Thanks for looking !

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