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Guitar Of The Month - February 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for February 2017!

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 the month with public voting open in the last week. 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 and eclipses everything!

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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Presenting Travelcaster, my dream no-expense-spared travel guitar built by my father and me. I wanted a guitar inspired by Richie Kotzen Telecaster model, but still very unique. A guitar that's easy to pack in a carry-on bag, but doesn't compromise on tone or playability. I never liked headless guitars because they are either not very comfortable to play or builders often get carried away with avant-garde design and take it too far...so I set a goal to make a classy headless guitar that I actually like :)

My father builds guitars as a semi-hobby, manages to do one or two per year. When it comes to guitars, I mostly work on the design and electronics. My specialty are tube amps/preamps and pedals and I also run a website with most of the project documented (http://diy-fever.com/). We already built one full-sized shred guitar for me some 12 years ago and it's been my #1 since. More info on that guitar here http://diy-fever.com/guitars/bancika-mk1/


  • Alder body with 1/4" flamed maple top, contoured arm rest with cream binding and belly cutout. 80% size of the telecaster.
  • 25.5" scale, quartersawn maple neck with slightly asymmetrical soft V profile and a separate piece of quartersawn maple fingerboard for added stability, Also added wenge skunk strip on the back, partially for stability, but mostly for looks :) . 41.5mm wide, 23mm thick at the nut.
  • Hipshot Headless System
  • Dimarzio Chopper and Fast Track pickups
  • Custom machined gold-plated brass control plate with LP-style switch and a single volume control with push-pull that splits both pickups, giving a total of 6 different sounds.
  • Jescar EVO gold frets
  • Threaded steel inserts in the neck heel and gold-plated stainless steel allen bolts instead of traditional neck screws to improve neck contact and allow for easier disassembly in case of travel without risking of damaging the wood.
  • Kinman-style treble bleed circuit
  • total weight of 2.6kg
  • glossy poly finish, tinted neck to look like aged nitro

For build pics, blueprints, details etc visit http://diy-fever.com/guitars/kotzen-travelcaster/

I recorded few brief clips of the guitar, all played with my laptop running S-Gear sims, will add more soon 



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This is the MI59 and is based based on a September 1959 article from Mechanix Illustrated entitled "How To Make An Electric Guitar."   To get the outline of the guitar ready for CNC, I brought a JPG of the outline into Inkscape and used the Trace Bitmap feature to turn the photo into a vector drawing.  From there I scaled up the drawings to the dimensions I wanted, and cleaned up the few errors from the trace.

This is the first build using my home built CNC machine.  I produced two body templates, one for the outline and one for neck, control and pickup pockets. I also directly CNC'd the outline of the neck and peck drilled the tuner holes.  Everything else was done by hand.

The guitar body is red oak and black walnut and the two piece neck is red oak.  Body and neck finish is satin wipe-on poly.

Some particulars...

  • 25" scale neck with medium jumbo frets
  • Side position markers only
  • Bison bone nut
  • Open back tuners
  • Tele type controls
  • Guitar Fetish humbucker sized P90's






I have a double cut version of this guitar in the works.

Here's a short video of the new owner trying out a well know riff...


MI59 Demo.mp4

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  • 2 weeks later...


My fourth comlete build. Built for mysef in a desire for a P90 guitar.

  • Pine body
  • African mahogany deep set neck, asymetrical profile (heavier at thin strings, thinner at wound strings)
  • Pearwood fingerboard, 27" baritone scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, alluminum side dots, fluorescent at 12th and 24th fret
  • Kent Armstrong (Sky Pickups) S10+S90
  • Ibanez Short Stop II wraparound bridge in satin nickel
  • Bone nut
  • One volume, one switch

Many lessons learned. Build thread starts here http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48164-ibanez-rg-my-2nd-build/?do=findComment&comment=557100

This thing barks just like a P90 guitar should. Some lame sound tests:



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