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Guitar Of The Month - October 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for October 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! Haven't posted in a while. Some time ago I made a Gretsch-o-tele project and named it after my daughter.

So... This is Danae!

It's close to an orange chicken , but it has a flat top and a bolt-on neck. The body was routed also for conventional string-through - body if you put a norman tele neck on. The custom bridge is floating as per vintage Gretsch. (I have an original 1966 6120 dc Nashville and got much info outta that.)

Mahogany body with 5A maple top.

QS chunky maple neck , bound.

Ebony fretboard with real MOP "neo-classical" inlays

TV Jones classics

Schaller tuners

Bound matching headstock inlaid "Danae" with real MOP

CTS pots Switchcraft three-way toggle switch. Switchcraft jack. Orange drop .022 cap.

Bolt-on neck at an angle

Sawn - off Bigsby B5

Custom ebony rocking bar bridge.

Finished exclusivelly with schellac!!

Take a listen!









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Hi, I'm an amateur guitar builder from Italy and I want to introduce you “Ladybug”, my 8th build. I've started building guitars and inlaying 3 years ago and this guitar is supposed to be a sum of all things I've learnt so far.

For this guitar I wanted to do something challenging, so my choice felt on a Les Paul style guitar. For all the sizes I followed the plans made by John Catto, but woods and some building choices are customized.

  • Woods are european ash for the body and asian ebony for the top. European ash is really heavy, so I routed a big weight relief chamber to keep the overall weight under 4.5kgs. The neck is a 5 parts laminated asian ebony/maple with 15° scarf joint and a volute. The fretboard is Gabon ebony.
  • Scale 24,75", fretboard radius 12".
  • Pickups are a hot rod set by seymour Duncan: Jazz at neck position and Jb at bridge position. Pots are CTS and caps are Sprague Orange Drops. The toogle switch is a Freeway with 6 positions (3 traditional Les Paul positions and 3 split coils).
  • Hipshot open machine heads and Gotoh bridge and tailpiece.
  • The inlays on fretboard and headstock are made with white mop, abalone paua and green abalone (approximately 300 tiles). The ladybug is made with recon stones and ebony.
  • The binding is flamed maple and the purfling is a five parts maple/ebony/golden mop/ebony/maple.
  • All covers are held in place by neodimium magnets.

This is the link to the building thread

And this is the link to the Facebook page where I publish my works: Delky Guitars










Here is a video of the guitar running through a EVH 5150.



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Hi, I´m Sebastian, 31 years old, living in germany near cologne. I have started building electric basses 2 years ago. This one shown here is my first electric guitar. As most of us, I'm already completely obsessed with the topic. Currently I'm building in a small 4qm cellar room at home.

My past and actual build projects are shown on my facebook page. Do not hesitate to have a look and to tell me what you think: https://www.facebook.com/KaemmerGuitars/

'Model 222' is a special guitar dedicated to a special person. On February 22nd my first son was born and my grandfather died. With that in mind I've designed and built this guitar with great passion and dedication.

The idea of the design was to combine the following aspects:

  • classical, but not a thoughtless carry over of old habits
  • elegant appearance, but not overloaded
  • ergonomic playability and lightweight, without a "freaked out" ergonomic shape
  • expressive and flexible tonerange

Building time: 02/17 to 08/17
Project Guitar thread of the building process

'Model 222' specifications in short:

  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Body: mahagoni, chambered
  • Neck: mahagoni, 3 pieces, scarf joint headstock
  • Fretboard: mahagoni, 12" radius, hardened, porefilled and lacquered
  • Top: "flamed" pear wood
  • Pickups handwound
  • Tuner: Schaller M6
  • Bridge: Hipshot hardtail, string through
  • Nut: bone, compensated
  • Pickguard: aluminium
  • Finish: 2K PUR high gloss
  • Total weight: 2.9kg / 6.4lbs



  • Flamed pear wood top
  • Mahagoni fretboard
  • Custom '222' inlay at the 12th fret, aluminium fret dots
  • Aluminium pickguard



  • Drop top at the armrest:
  • Thickest part of the body is 37mm



  • Custom control knobs recessed in the aluminium pickguard
  • Volume pot with push-pull for SC split
  • Tone pot with push-pull as cap switch (gives a warmer, mellower mid range tone)




  • Contour shaped backside for a pleasent feeling
  • Matched electronics cavity cover



  • Three piece mahagoni neck, the middle strip is turned over for a improved neck robustness towards weather changes
  • Asymmetric medium v-shaped neck profile
  • Scarf jointed headstock with volute and veneer on the backside



  • Compensated bone nut
  • Matched headstock veneer
  • Aluminium trussrod cover

Photographs made by Martin Christ

I've filmed myself assemblying the guitar and made a short time lapse video of it - enjoy:

Let me know if you like the guitar.

Best regards!


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