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Guitar Of The Month - August 2018

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for August 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 first weekend 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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Based on the number of excellent builds on the go, I suspect the competition is going to be tough.  But, flinging caution to the wind I present the 'Swift Lite Bass'.

I've been modding guitars and basses for about 8 years and started my first full build around 6 years ago.

This is the latest in a line of experimental designs where I have sought to build lighter instruments that nevertheless still sound as they should.  Am I the only one who has asked, 'Tell me again, why are guitars and basses SO heavy??'

This has been built for Neil, a friend who has recently had to give up his successful band because he just couldn't gig with his beloved Fender Jazz for a full set without serious issues with his shoulder.  The brief was to build something lighter that still had the neck feel and the sound vibe of his Fender.

And this is what I came up with for him:








Specs are:

  • 34" scale
  • Poplar burl top; swamp ash back; redwood demarcation
  • Maple/walnut neck; maple fretboard with ebony block markers
  • Luminlay side dots
  • Nordstrand NJ4 pickups
  • Schaller bridge and lightweight tuners
  • 6lb 6oz playing weight

The build thread is here:

Neil is delighted with it - I'll try and get some video of him playing it live before the close of the entry :)

Thanks for looking


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I present this beauty called "DEVA JAZZ·". Deva is the godess of water in celtic mythology, and in the region where I live in, are descendants of celtic. This guitar is suitable to any situation, both distorted hard rock sound and clean as well, so it addapts like water to its container, and jazz for her neck Seymour Duncan SH-2N jazz PUP. It is a really all terrain guitar and this is the reason I designed and built her, for a friend who plays in orchestras and due to this, he needs a very versatile and lightweight guitar.

I've been building guitars for nine years and it all began with a knee surgery which apparted me from work and normal life during a whole year. Was this way that I began to read about guitarbuilding and developed this art which I'm in love with. My first guitar was a bubinga and flamed maple top explorer model resized 10%, with which I discovered this amazing forum. DEVA is actually my sixth guitar. All my projects are developed in my garage, which I've conditioned as my workshop. Also have designed and made a lot of machines and jigs for this purpose.

The body of the guitar is made out of Spanish cedar because I love the tone of this wood and also because is quite easy to work with. The top is a selected piece of European maple and the first idea of my friend was a solid white finish, but due to the beauty of the timber and its eye-candy grain, we decided to go with a natural nitrocellulose one. The neck is a multilaminated wengue and bubinga, and the profile is ultrathin following the specifications of my friend.

The specs are as follows:

Body: Spanish cedar with maple top

Neck: Wengue&bubinga 5-layer multilaminated with 12" ebony fingerboard

Frets: 24 Jumbo

Scale: 25.5"


Bridge: Hipshot black

Tuner machines: Schaller 3L+3R

Switch: 3 way toggle switch

Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone

Neck pup: Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz

Bridge pup: Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB

Finish: Nitrocellulose natural Gloss

Hardware colour: Black


You can follow the building of this guitar with another three in the following link:


Some pics of DEVA JAZZ:










Thank you so much for your time and for reading my entry.



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Here is Greg's Guitar.

He wanted a build in all domestic (to the U.S.)

woods, so this is what we came up with:

Curly maple top with an IPA burst.

Ash body with black grainfill and smoky gray tint.

American black walnut and Osage orange neck.

Osage Orange fretboard and headstock cap.

Sperzel locking tuners. Graphtec nut.

10" fretboard radius.

Jumbo SS frets.

Klein '58 PAF humbucker set.

Schaller (Fender style) tremolo bridge, decked.

Build thread:



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