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Guitar Of The Month - August 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for August 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 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 creations 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 towards less experienced builders, we encourage professional builders to consider whether their entries constitute being "fair".
    • Commercial "standard" models are not a valid entry, guys....Guitar Of The Month is about unique and characterful builds, not rubber-stamped production units!
  • We reserve the right to pull entries that are thinly-guised adverts; ProjectGuitar.com is about community, sharing build processes and the exchange of ideas - not a vehicle for adverts by members that don't engage with the community.
  • 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. In our experience this is the biggest attractor of votes.
  • 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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Hi, Everybody

Having been justifiably and comprehensively trounced by @2.5itim's beautiful, beautiful guitar last month, I'm going to try again with my ugly duckling Psilos Bass, in the hope - this being the holiday season for a decent proportion of the western hemisphere - that everybody else is sunning themselves rather than submitting their jaw-dropping contributions.  

And what about the southern hemisphere, you ask?   Well, for a start at least, I'm banking on bribing @curtisa shamelessly with our wonderful warm, flat English beer next time he graces our shores.  Bound to work ;)

The Psilos Bass.  What can I say.  It has been built for Mick, someone I've done smaller jobs for before, who gave me the basic outline shape to work from (based loosely on a very stretched and distorted mental aberration from his beloved ACG) and the concept which was:

"minimalist; nothing visible from the front; unfinished look - but finished actually; contact-lens shaped body cross section; magnetic and piezo; lightweight; some of your odd stuff - you know, Andy - the weird stuff you do"

The final spec and features include:

  • 34" scale 4 string ultra-modern single cut
  • Flamed Sycamore body
  • Maple / ebony neck
  • Maple full length fretboard, fully flush and integrated into a 20" radiused body
  • Back concave radius
  • Modified rear-mounted headless tuner system
  • Herrick Custom magnetic pickups, rear-mounted and hidden from top (individual coil per string)
  •  Artec Piezo element under bone acoustic saddle
  • East UK MPM-02 Magnetic / Piezo blend unit
  • Luminlay fret markers
  • Concealed but fully accessible controls, rolled to operate
  • Neck profile continues along single-cut top horn length
  • Finished in Osmo Polyx Raw 3044 - designed to allow satin finish of light woods without them darkening or yellowing
  • Weight 7lbs 4oz
  • Balance - perfect on strap; perfect over knee
  • Described by one guitar professional as 'superb feel and playability but quite the ugliest bass I've ever seen in my life'.  Folks, it doesn't get much better than that as an endorsement ;)

Tortuously long build thread here.

Here it is:



Sound clips?

Well - here's Mick with his first touch of his new baby on the strap: 

...and on the knee.  His dog, Shala, was clearly VERY impressed:

And here's what he had to say about it:

"This bass, the aesthetics, it's construction, the feel, the balance, the attention to detail all exceeded my expectations...even though I knew Andy would be creating a masterpiece."

So, folks, you KNOW it's your duty to vote for this.  However beautiful and wonderful the other entries will surely be, don't be distracted.  Just look into my eyes - don't look away - don't blink -  say after me, "Psilos Bass.....Psilos Bass.......Psilos Bass... Psilos Bass...."







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I'll throw one in for this month. 

I just finished this one up this week and got my photos from the photographer back today. 

This was a build for a local guitarist named t.a. Sartain of the band hollow words so it'll get a good run threw often. 

I really don't wanna see this guitar go because it's probably one of my favorite playing guitars ever, everything just mixes so well together and feels like a million bucks to me. 

Specs are as follows,

•Top Wood: black walnut

•Body Wood: Curly maple/bloodwood sandwich

•Color: Natural

•Body finish: matte, odies oil

•Bridge: Evertune

•Pickup Configuration: H H

•Pickup mounting: direct mount 

•Bridge Pickup: Bareknuckle juggernaut 

•Neck pickup: N/a for now

•Pickup Color: Black

•Controls: 1 Volume / 1 Tone / 3 way toggle

•Neck wood: 5 piece maple/walnut/maple/walnut/maple

•Neck Finish: Matte, odies oil

•Fretboard: dark roasted curly maple

•fretboard finish: odies oil

•Fretboard Inlays: White side markers

•Headstock inlays: Arete mountain inlay in bloodwood

•Neck Shape: Thin D shape, 

•Neck thickness: .800 1st fret/.830 12th fret

•fretboard Radius: 14"

•Scale Length: 27"

•Frets: stainless steel

•Nut: Graphtech tusq xl

•Nut Width: 1.693" (43mm)

•Tuners: hipshot open gear locking tuners

•Hardware: Black

•Weight: 6.5 pounds







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Wormy Birch

  • Very wormy birch core wood, baked in kitchen oven a little, carved top and back contour, hard wachsöl finish
  • 25,5" anigre neck (19-21mm thin C profile) with wipe on nitro + sapele fretboard 12-14" radius with hard oil, dual truss rod in heatshrink tube, bone nut 43mm, ebony side dots
  • Framus Duncan Designed TB-6 and WSC HotRail neck pickup, one volume (hand turned sapele knob), recessed jack in strat position (almost collided with the bridge post, that is why nobody does it like this)
  • Ibanez wraparound bridge with custom brass bushings
  • My fifth build from scratch, hobby builder, attic workshop
  • I wanted to build a double bed of these birch planks I had for a decade in a barn, but I realized the treasured wood is all holes, unusable for furniture. To cure my despair I drew my favourite body outline on the worst piece and started this build. I intended it to be a dirty rough build, well the process was a bit dusty, but at the end the result is quite refined.
  • It plays very nice, very comfortable neck, the sound is firm and crisp, warmer than ash, brighter than alder.
  • Build Thread: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48952-wormy-birch/

The workbench photos look the best.


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Hello, I'm french speaking so I'm sorry for my english mistakes, I made my guitar with my father, who is carpenter.

That is my first electric guitar, inspired from the Cloud guitar. We made the body in poplar , the handle in walnut, and the fretboard is in padouk, with a 12' radius.

The controls are a tone, a volume and a three way toggle, and the pickups are the Seymour Duncan's Alnico II pro Slash. The vibrating rope lenght is of 686 mm.

So, that's my Cloud Guitar, made with my father , I'm sorry but i forgot taking pictures with the pickups.

cloud guitar.jpg

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Hello everybody, I am new here and I would like to introduce my second build. I am not a professional builder, just  a few years ago I felt the need to build an electric guitar from scratch and together with my father, who got hooked on woodworking after retiring, we built our first guitar. Since it was equipped with humbuckers, the following year I designed a guitar with single coils to complete the range!

The idea was to get something different from the usual stratocaster style, a guitar having its own personalità and great sounding expecially on clean tones. It took one year to my father and  I during the weekend and at the end the Valdes 20-12 came to life. Valdes is our surname and 20-12 is my father’s birth date.

The main specifications are:

  • Scale length: 25-1/2"

  • Body: alder

  • Top: flamed maple

  • Neck: maple / wengè

  • Fretboard: ebony

  • Nut: Graphtech tusq xl

  • Fret markers: Luminlay

  • Tuners: Kluson self-locking

  • Bridge: Wilkinson 

  • Pickup configuration: SSS

  • Pickups: Tone Rider - Pure Vintage

  • Controls: volume/tone/tone, 3 ways toggle

  • Finish: nitro laquer






sound clips:






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