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Guitar Of The Month - September 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for September 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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I'll play. Here's the latest finished project. This is actually the "twin" to my July entry. I say that because minus wood and finish differences, different neck pickup, and added binding... it's essentially the same guitar. They were made in tandem on the CNC with only minor tweaks to the GCode. This one was always the guinea pig for the cuts on the customer's version as these were my first guitars where the majority of routing was done on the CNC.

Neck: 25.5" scale, 1-11/16" nut figured Katalox board on an African Mahogany bolt-on neck.

Body: Thinline swamp ash with a holly burl (locally harvested) top with black pearloid binding.

Electronics: Tele style 4-way (series/parallel) with a McNelly A2 Signature bridge and Benson JM style neck.

Let's start with a video of someone playing her at a recent event:








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I'm here again with our latest build - Axim.7
This is instrument was made as experiment with shapes and finish. Not for customer, so we look for its owner))
Main idea was to make simple, ergonomic guitar with minimum of details, unique shape and original design.
Seems that we reached our aim.

body - ash.
neck - maple/wenge/rosewood, 25,5", 24 frets, Jescar.

fretboard - rosewood.
pickups - Fokin Rout, 1 volume
Gotoh tuners, hipshot retainers
Hipshot bridge
PU finish

Very comfortable access to high frets, it's good for shredders)
Clear lows and soft highs, lot of sustain.
possibly it's not made for very aggressive styles of music, but it could be changed by pickup replacment.









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IronSchef Custom Build 004 - "RachaelRose"
I decided to do 2 builds this summer - inspired by each of my kids -- this one is a tribute to my 12 yr old daughter.  She got to pick many of the details, she's going to be so excited when she gets home!
        Body Material - Alder with Flame Maple top
        Body Shape - Mustang®
        Body Finish - Custom Wudtone hand-rubbed finish (with body art)
        Neck Material - Maple
        Neck Finish - Gloss Polyurethane
        Neck Shape - “C" Shape
        Scale Length - 24” (610 mm)
        Fingerboard Material - Rosewood
        Fingerboard Radius - 9.5” (241 mm)
        Number of Frets - 22
        Fret Size - Medium Jumbo
        Nut Material - PPS
        Nut Width - 1.650” (42 mm)
        Position Inlays - Parchment Dot
        Truss Rod - Standard
        Bridge Pickup - Rose Custom Wound Mustang Single-Coil 6.60 K
        Neck Pickup - Rose Custom Wound Mustang Single-Coil 6.25 K
        Controls - On/Off, Phase Slider Switch for Each Pickup (In/Out), Master Volume, Master Tone
        Bridge - Floating Bridge with Dynamic Vibrato Tailpiece
        Hardware Finish - Chrome
        Tuning Machines - Vintage-Style with Aged White Plastic Buttons
        Pickguard - 4-Ply Pink Pearloid
        Neck Plate - 4-Bolt Custom Etched
Aside from the color not turning out quite how I expected - more "peachy" than the "pinky" I expected - I like how the WudTone finish turned out -- but I don't think I liked how LONG it took to finish the body!
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For those that might not have seen my build thread, I built this guitar in memory of my firstborn son Chris who passed away 7 months ago, Feb 18, 2017. He was 24 years old.

The guitar has special inlays on the back that represent tattoo's that my son had on his chest and shoulder. A Phoenix (mythological bird) symbol, and an Aries (ram). Chris was an Aries and we both have Phoenix tattoo's on our chests for personal reasons. Also smaller versions of each on fretboard and headstock to match

This guitar is named "Phoenix"

The model is one of my own designs, called "24 Magnum". Its my 12th build to date, I build in my garage/shop at my home. This model, as with most of my builds, has the following notable features:

  • Neck-through-body construction
  • 3-piece laminate neck (all mahogany)
  • carbon fiber neck reinforcement



  • 25.5″ scale length
  • 24 stainless steel frets
  • 12″ fretboard radius
  • Genuine South American mahogany ( Swietenia macrophylla ) body and neck
  • Bookmatched, flamed maple top
  • Ebony headstock overlay
  • Natural “faux” binding
  • Macassar Ebony Fretboard
  • Original Floyd Rose Tremolo w/ tungsten sustain block
  • Custom white mother-of-pearl phoenix 12th fret and Aries headstock inlays
  • Custom white mother-of-pearl in ebony Aries symbol inlay on back
  • Custom paua abalone and select blue paua Phoenix inlay on back
  • Planet Waves 3×3 locking tuning machines
  • Seymour Duncan pickups – Custom Custom (TB-11) bridge, and Sentient neck
  • 5-way Oak Grigsby super switch (n, n-split, n/br, br-split, br)
  • CTS pots, orange drop caps
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer


The photo of my son Chris is included to show the tattoo's on his chest and shoulder that are the inspiration for the inlays, thus there are 9 photo's in all. I included only 8 photo's of the guitar itself so hopefully this is still in keeping with the rule stating "a maximum of eight photos for the instrument" since Chris is not the instrument :)









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