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Guitar Of The Month - November 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for November 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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Hello PG community. 

Decided to put forth this little (monstrous) beauty in for this month's GOTM: custom 8-string KR3.


You may or may not have seen my build progress threads - the current one is here http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48992-kemp-guitars-uk-build-thread-2/ - but this guitar is little different to a lot of the builds I've been doing lately (it's not bright orange with just 6 strings). Built to customer spec in my (Kemp Guitars) workshop in Cornwall, UK, here's what we have in detail...

- 8-string custom KR3

- Wenge/Maple 5-piece thru-neck with Swamp Ash body wings

- Marblewood multistage (25.5"-27.5") fretboard

- Figured Buckeye Burl top

- Hipshot Grip-lock tuners

- ABM3210B single bridges

- Bare Knuckle Pickups "Painkiller" with custom 16 degree angled baseplate and Aged Cream coils

- Single volume and rear mounted Strat-style jack plate

- Dunlop flush-mounted strap locks

- 2K Poly matte finish (body) and Try-oil finished neck

- GHS Boomers Heavy 11-85 strings (setup in standard tuning) 


All specs chosen by customer who was looking for 8-string V with multiscale and unable to find anything remotely close to this off the shelf. 



There are a few of the original progress posts in the link above. Additional photos of this and my other builds can be found on the FB page - https://www.facebook.com/kempguitars

Thanks for looking ☺️


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The Twin Girls

Hi all! Here my two last builds, you can see my threads here or  facebook.  
Hope you enjoy!

Woods (Both):
- Body: Ceddar
- Top: Imbuia 
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Scale 28''-25''
- Mate PU Finish

Twin #1 (Chrome hardware)

- Stewmat 150 fretwire
- Gotoh Tuners
- Wilkinson Saddles with aluminum custom base monorail bridge
- Malagoli Custom 84 pickup bridge
- Malagoli EVO pickup bridge
- Two way trusrod
- Dunlop Strings 10-64
- A standart tuning

Twin #2 (Gold hardware)

- Jescar stainlles fret wire
- Schaler Tuners
- Modified Schaller Hannes Bridge
- Seymour Duncan Nazgul  bridge pickup
- Seymour Duncan Sentient neck pickup
- Two way trusrod
- Daddario Strings 13-74
- F# standart tuning







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I decided to give a second chance to this guitar: this is my eight build so far and was intended to be a sum of all things i've learnt in three years of guitar building. I decided to call her Ladybug, or Coccinella in italian, because of the inlay on the twelfth fret. The guitar has been built following the plan of a '59 Gibson Les Paul, but woods and decorations are all customised.

  • The body is made of european ash with a big weight relief chamber, while the top is indonesian ebony, a wood really similar to Makassar ebony, but more porous and lighter.




  • The guitar has a full curly maple binding on body, fretboard and headstock with a thin ebony purfling between the binding and the body. The body has a real golden mother of pearl purfling made with the traditional teflon strip technique.


  • The fretboard and the headstock are inlayed by hand with a rose themed layout. The full inlay is made of almost 300 tiles and the materials used are white mother of pearl, abalone paua, australian greenlip abalone, green abalone, rosewood, and red dino recon stone. On the headstock the writing Delky (a joke from my surname Del Col:D) is inlayed in golden mother of pearl.



  • The neck is a five parts laminated one (indonesian ebony/hard rock maple) with a 15° scarf joint with a volute.
  • The finish is high gloss poly.


  • All the hardware is golden: Gotoh TOM bridge and tailpiece; Hipshot open machine heads with tulip button, SD covers on pickups, Freeway 6 positions toogle switch (traditional positions + split coils).
  • Seymour Duncan Jazz + JB pickups.
  • CTS pots and Orange Drops caps.


Here is the building thread on ProjectGuitar.com for this guitar.

This is my FB page Massimo Del Col where you can see other builds and inlays and this is the official page of my guitars Delky Guitars and Inlays .

Let me know your opinions!

And finally a video of the guitar running through a EVH 5150 made by the young but talentous guitarist Marco Bruni.


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A late entry, I know....but may I present to you 'Impish Challenge'

This is the 6-string electric, built for Tim (whose name tag on another forum is impmann) and, although not handed over yet, was just finished last night.

I am a hobby builder with my first full build around 5 years ago.  More recently, I have started taking on bass and guitar commissions in addition to building for my own use and fellow band-members.  After a series of bass builds, it has been nice to go back to a 6-string build. 

Tim's spec / my result (as usual with my builds, sometimes two different things) was:

  • 25.5" scale, 6-string
  • Style to have passing nod to Alembic's wonderful '80's six stringers
  • Low weight, chambered (finished weight 6lb 12oz)
  • Camphor Laurel top; Sapele back; Wenge demarcation veneer
  • Maple/purpleheart/mahogany/purpleheart/maple neck; figured ebony fretboard
  • Alegree Custom stacked P90's
  • Schaller Hannes piezo bridge
  • Schaller 'flagShip' piezo/magnetic mixer-preamp
  • Magnetic control chamber and trussrod covers

The build diary is here.

Here are some pictures:










And here are some (poorly played) sound clips:

Magnetic only: mid; neck; bridge

Piezo only

Piezo / Magnetic mix: mid; neck; bridge



Thanks for looking, folks :)




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