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Guitar Of The Month - December 2017

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month contest for December 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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OK - I'm going to bank on that everyone is far too busy with Christmas preparations to enter this so, being the only entry, I might win :wOOt  

It's another go with my previous entry 'Impish Challenge'

This is the 6-string electric, built for Tim (whose name tag on another forum is impmann and hence the name).  Tim took ownership of it last week and he is, in his own words 'over the moon'.  He loves it :)

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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My first ever guitar build, my first ever entry in GOTM. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here!

The Nozcaster

  • Thinline telecaster
  • Carved ash/flamed maple body
  • Birdseye maple neck & maple fretboard
  • Bound body, neck, headstock and rear access cover
  • Fender Custom Shop '51 "Nocaster" pickups
  • Kluson tuners

Build thread here









Demo video:

Dan's Demo Video

First public airing:

25 or 6 to 4

Black Magic Woman

Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
(My son playing bass)


Thanks to everyone who has followed my build thread for the last two years and given me so much encouragement!

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Finally finished my strat build, so I'm adding it to this month's edition. Here is "Strat-Thru". Built at home for myself. I think counting various re-builds and parts-caster things this is my build #10 or thereabouts.

The recipe:

  • take a really cheap Strat copy
  • saw off everything except the body perimeter
  • take some scrap wood, get some hardware and build it back into something that looks like a Strat
  • but only if you're far away

The specs:

  • some unidentified body wood (possibly pine)
  • mostly ovangkol neck going "almost thru" the body (finishes somewhere behind the bridge), also pieces of merbau, purpleheart and some maple
  • rosewood fingerboard with a 25.5-23.4 fan, MOP dot markers
  • E standard tuning with a high A string added (7 strings)
  • 3x custom Merlin Pickups single coils wired in series with individual on/off/phase switches (via 3x on/on/on dpdt), 1x volume, 1x tone
  • ABM single string bridges, v-parts tuners, dunlop 6105 fretwire
  • Magic marble swirl finish

The pics:


And here's a demo video that I quickly put together, sorry for the tuning and the playing, I literally only had a few minutes to film this quickly before leaving for the Christmas break. I'll post a more in-depth video on my channel early next year.

Edit: almost forgot - the full build thread is here: 


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About two years are passed from my last build. During this time I concentrated on developing my hardware until last release about one month ago. Meantime I have worked into my own guitar design, changing some details from my last build, such as lower horn shape and jack position and make some tries by using or not zero fret to understand which is the best option in my opinion.

Probably this time I'm really close, except some minor technical details, to the final version of my own design.

I've build three different prototype versions and I want to give a chance this month to this seven strings,.

Here are the specs

  • name: (H)851-7S
  • scale length: 26.5" - 25.5"
  • number of strings: 7
  • fingerboard wood: ziricote
  • number of frets: 22 with abalone dot
  • neck wood: 5 piece laminated padauk/quilted maple/rosewood/quilted maple/padauk
  • body wood: maple / zebrano
  • top wood: quilted poplar
  • neck pu: Di Marzio Liquifier 7
  • bridge pu: Di Marzio Blaze 7
  • nut: GOLD Technology for Musicians (H)Nuts
  • bridge: GOLD Technology for Musicians (H)S single bridge saddles (new version with micro ball bearings) 

This is my thread

Here are some pics:


Hope You like it.







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