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Guitar Of The Month - May 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 their favourites from each other's builds. 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.

!!NEW!! Lastly, if you didn't win a previous month's Guitar Of The Month contest, you are encouraged to enter your build again the next month for a maximum of three consecutive months. Sometimes one entry in a month really eclipses other entrant's stellar work. Go to it!

Tips and Guidelines

  • Post a maximum of eight photos for each instrument 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 is the GoldTop P90 Paul/Tele experiment.

I started this project simply to try different things like the metallic gold finish and P90 pickups in a Les Paul / Tele inspired body shape with tremolo. I built this one with the sole intention of experimenting different shapes, combinations and build techniques.

I started out with a warped piece of cherry I found in the bargain bin of the local wood store. The build essentially started from there. I toyed around with the Tele and Les Paul combination before but this is the build that takes it one step further with the block inlays, carved top, tremolo, the finish, volume/tone control placement and electronics.

I've had a lot of things I had to redo and fix along the way as it was the first time I did something like this and I changed my mind a few times along the way as I didn't have anything too specific in mind when this started.

- The body is Alder with a hand carved Cherry top.

- The neck is torrefied maple with a flame maple skunk stripe. The headstock is a traditional scarf joint and the fretboard is also torrefied maple with block inlays ala Gibson Les Paul Custom.

- The tremolo is a Hipshot two point

- Suhr P90 pickups

- Bourns pots

- Switchcraft switches and jacks

- Schaller mini tuners

- Tusq nut

- Mohawk lacquer for the body finish

- Tru-oil for the neck finish








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