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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entries for September 2016!

ProjectGuitar.com's Guitar Of The Month contest is a showcase for members to exhibit their creations and to vote on their favourites. The contest is open entry for any and all members, new or old. Winner(s) receive a featured article at the head of the ProjectGuitar.com homepage, a photo posting to our Facebook and elevated member status. ProjectGuitar.com receives tens of thousands of unique visitors monthly; Guitar Of The Month is a great way to showcase your creation to the world!

Submissions are open throughout September until the 23rd when public voting opens. Polls close on the 1st of each month.

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 just hits it out of the park!

Tips and Guidelines

  • Upload a maximum of eight photos for the instrument in your post
  • Ensure that your guitar has a name otherwise we'll make one up ;-)
  • 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 own background as a builder helps give context to your build.
    • 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?
  • 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 professional 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 shared tend to attract more votes from the general community.
  • ProTip: Voters vote with their ears as well as their eyes....if you have any soundclips of the instrument or even a YouTube video, do post it! Everybody loves to look at beautiful instruments, but hearing them demo'ed is 10x as important.

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

If you have any questions about the contest, either PM me or ask forum members; we're a helpful bunch!

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 my Photon prototype build.  I am hobby builder, working out of my garage.  I have built about 18 guitars over the last 16 years  This one is a design that was inspired by the thought of something in motion and by the bevels and thinness of the SG.  Because of what I wanted it to be, there are very few off the shelf parts here: the switch, pots, jack, and strap locks are the only retail parts.  I designed and machined the bridge, tuners, knobs, truss rod, inlays, pickup covers and I wound the pickups as well.  Some vital specs:

 - Zebrawood top on Sapele, 1 1/4" total thickness, grain matched cavity cover with rare earth magnets

 - Vertical grain Doug fir neck

 - Bloodwood fretboard, 24.5625-26" scale lengths

 - Magnetic truss rod cover

 - Firebird style humbuckers with A5 magnets inside of sapele/bloodwood covers

 - All aluminum hardware designed and machined by myself in my garage

 - Wave/particle duality inlays featuring photoluminescent powder inside of aluminum tubing

 - Separate volume controls and master 2-band passive EQ with onboard preamp

 - Finished with 2k gloss










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Afterimage Guitars - HM7 "Wychwood"

Continuing my self-imposed mantra of "try something new every time", this is now my maiden foray into headless instruments. In addition to the obvious missing headstock, a number of other minor new (for me, at least) features have worked their way into this build; a softer-contoured body shape with a gentle cylindrical top carve, the use of the baby CNC mill for laying out the fretboard and inlays, and installation of the Fishman Fluence active pickup system. Once again, extensive use has been made of Tasmanian native timbers to complete the ergonomically-friendly construction.


  • Scale length - 25" / 26"
  • Neck - 5 piece Tasmanian Cheesewood/Tasmanian Blackwood construction with carbon fibre reinforcement
  • Fretboard - Cheesewood with Gidgee inlays
  • Frets - Jumbo nickel silver
  • Body - 3 piece Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras with figured Tasmanian Myrtle top.
  • Headless hardware - Technology For Musicians, 7x independent bridge tuners, 7x independent nut string locks in black
  • Pickups - Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic 7 (bridge), Modern Alnico 7 (neck)
  • Electronics - 1x volume with push/pull to select the two voicing options for the Fishman pickups, 1x 3 way toggle switch.

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Build thread here

Audio demo of the guitar here - Clean guitars utilised the bridge and neck pickups in voice 1 mode, distorted rhythm guitars were bridge pickup set to voice 2, and other melody/lead tracks were bridge or neck on voice 1.

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My submission for Guitar of the Month

I am a hobbyist builder working out of my 12' X 12' shed, and this one was for myself to play.

"J Paul Custom"


1 piece sapele back; non-chambered

Highly quilted maple top and matching headstock veneer in "Pacific Sunset Blueburst"

"Deep dished" contour

1 piece maple neck


ebony fretboard

no neck angle

12" radius

R3 nut

Schaller premium OFR bridge

Schaller DaVinci tuners

medium jumbo SS frets

pearl block inlays

fat "50's" neck carve with all access joint sculpted to my hand contours, and extended tenon for strength.

back plates and truss cover made from the scrap sapele

EMG 81 bridge, 89 neck

inverted knob positions with switch on the lower bout

jack plate positions cord towards strap pin

Dunlop strap locks

nitro finish

weighs 9.7 lbs, but I'm used to playing a '76 LP custom that weighs 13.9 lbs!

this is the kind of "modern" Classic the "custom shop" should be making for folks, but when I queried them to build a guitar for me, they would not do some of the features I wanted. I in response built myself one instead!







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This is my third build, and has been a long time in the making – roughly six years. It is a double-neck version of my second build and is also a commission. I am a hobby builder with a small basement shop, but I recently acquired a CNC router which I hope shortens my build time :-)


Body/necks: laminated mahogany/purpleheart/walnut, matching truss rod covers

3/4” flame maple top dyed “Midnight Grape” with faux binding 

Rosewood fretboards, 12” radius, jumbo frets, abalone & MOP “flying dot” inlays

Recessed TOM bridge with string through, 12-string stoptail/string-through combo

Sperzel tuners (yes, 18 of them)

Flame maple/purpleheart pickup rings, tone/volume and pickup selector knobs

Matched mahogany backplate and switch covers

Gibson Burstbucker 2’s and 3’s

Recessed jack 

Hand-rubbed nitro finish

Weighs in at 12.6 lbs  













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