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Guitar Of The Month - January 2018

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Welcome to the first Guitar Of The Month contest 2018!

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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  • 2 weeks later...

I'm in!

This build, the Raycaster, has taken some time as has had to fit between real work and a few other things but is now done and I'm very pleased. Maybe not as flash as my semi hollow build but I love it. 


The Raycaster

Two piece alder body finished in sea foam green nitro

Wenge neck, with ebony fretboard 25.5" scale length

Gotoh locking tuners, staggered height

Wilkinson trem with big steel block

Seymour Duncan ssl1 in middle and neck, texas special in the bridge (RWRP)

Graphtech nut and string retainer

Mint pickguard, with cream controls

Vintage style wiring, with cloth covered wire

Goldo Backstop in trem cavity


This build has turned out exactly as I had planned. The wenge neck suits perfectly, feels lovely with a simple wax finish and the whole thing just feels right. Plus I think the colours work really well (Thanks Nick Johnston for the inspiration). I wanted a strat that felt a bit more refined, with a few nods to the old but some extras and I think I nailed it. 

I hope you all like it!


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Beautiful though @Pariahrob's Raycaster is (and it IS very beautiful :thumb: ) it seems a shame for him to be breezing along here lonely and unopposed :lol:  

I present, therefore, the 'Swift Lite'  :)

In terms of my building background, I started modding guitars and basses around 6 years ago and soon embarked on my first foray into the world of working with wood, producing my first scratch-build instrument about 4 years ago.  Over that time, I've gained a bit of a reputation for 'liking a challenge' - hence some of the wierd and wonderful builds elsewhere on the site, and a reputation for 'you do it HOW????' - hence my standard disclaimer of 'I'll describe how I myself  do it...not necessarily the same as this is how it should be done'.  :D

Spec of this 6-string electric, built for my own use is:

  • 25" scale
  • Camphor laurel top; sapele back; wenge demarcation veneer
  • Maple/purpleheart/mahogany neck
  • Snakewood fretboard
  • Tonerider Alnico IV Classic humbuckers
  • Vol/Vol/Tone/3-way/2off split coil toggles
  • It is the latest stage of a progressive set of builds exploring lightening guitars and basses while enhancing upper fret playability  through slim body sections while not sacrificing playability or sound
  • Presently a touch under 6lbs.  When I have replaced the three brass knobs with wooden ones, it will end at c 5 3/4 lbs.

The background to the build is that it is a 6 string electric version of this piccolo bass I made for Pete (our band's bassist):



And using the same woods as that used for the recent Alembic-esque electric built for Tim:



And here it is - the 'Swift Lite':









The build thread is here




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New year, new guitar. Hope it can be more lucky than her seven strings sister I posted the last month..

This is one of the three prototypes I made hence do not force me to propose the third one too <_<

Here are the specs

  • name: (H)851-6S
  • scale length: 25.5"
  • number of strings: 6
  • fingerboard wood: rosewood
  • number of frets: 22 with MOP dot
  • neck wood: 5 piece laminated padauk/quilted maple/rosewood/quilted maple/padauk
  • body wood: poplar
  • top wood: quilted poplar
  • neck pu: Seymour Duncan Jazz
  • bridge pu: Seymour Duncan JB
  • nut: CHROME Technology for Musicians (H)Nuts
  • bridge: CHROME 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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