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Guitar Of The Month - September 2018

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for September 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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  • 3 weeks later...

Midnight Special - so named because between work and family, I could only work on it at midnight!

Long time member, only second guitar I've built from scratch, mostly modded/repaired guitars for friends and myself to this point. This was built in my garage over the last year using basic power tools, small band saw and bench top drill press and router table.


  • Basswood body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, markers made from maple scraps from neck
  • Hand carved body bevels and neck
  • Glued in neck, tenon under neck pickup, scarf joint with volute.
  • 13 degree headstock angle with Planet Waves trimlok tuners
  • 28 inch baritone scale, 24 jumbo frets
  • Dual action truss rod w/heel adjust
  • 1-11/16 string spacing at nut, Graph Tech nut
  • DiMarzio D-Sonic neck and bridge pickups, f-spaced. Screwed directly to body.
  • 3 way toggle, 500k tone, and 500k volume
  • Top load bridge
  • Dunlop Straplocks
  • My own design, inspired by EBMM Petrucci model for elbow relief, very small body overall
  • Lacquer finish

Thanks for looking!

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Hi All, hope I'm not too late for this month (1 day to go here in Aus!) 

My entry is my double humbucker tele shaped build, I'm calling it Fat Myrtle as she weighs in at 4.3 Kilos!


  • Body - Blackheart Sassafras top with Tasmanian Myrtle back.
  • Neck - Tas Oak neck with a Merbau freboard
  • Frets - Jumbo extra hard
  • Pickups - Two gretsch style humbuckers
  • Wiring - Les paul standard wiring with push pull pots on the tones to flip the humbuckers to parallel mode.
  • Hardware - Gold hardware, black pickup rings.
  • Finished in Polyurethane

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Thanks for looking, and good luck to other entrants.








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