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Guitar Of The Month - October 2018

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for October 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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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

Link to build thread

Thanks for looking, and good luck to other entrants.







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The Roasting Pan Resonator . . . a 3-string, resonator guitar handcrafted primarily from flotsam and jetsom discovered around the house and/or in some of southern Missouri's most discriminating junk emoriums (with the exception of cone, etc from Stew Mac). I'm including a video, should you wish to hear how the beast sounds.

The Roasting Pan Resonator was built in my garage, with assistance from numerous spiders, roaches, and at least one lizard. I've built a couple hundred instruments over the years - some I sell, some I keep, and some I give away to friends/family. The only consistency found in all of them is that they're built out of odd things.

THE DETAILS............................

• Body:  Vintage Graniteware roasting pan .  12" wide by 18" long x 5" deep

• Top: 22 gauge steel backed with 1/8" plywood. Fashioned with aviator snips and metal files

• Tone Ring:  Plywood rings routed out and glued together. Distance from top to bottom lip - 1 1/8"

• Four internal soundposts connecting bottom of tone ring to back

• 9" Stew Mac cone

• 25" scale

• Hand carved neck and peghead - handmade tailpiece

•  Finish . . . a disturbing number of cans of Rustoleum "hammer-forged" paint (over primer)

Here's the Youtube video link . . . it was recorded with a PylePro Lavelier, clip-on mic (I think that set me back $9 . . . dammit) through a 5-Watt Vox mini-amp.


Roasting Pan Resonator Video








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Hi everybody, this is my "Queen of Lebanon" handcrafted Guitar in Italy.

                                                        SHIVER GUITAR


"Queen of Lebanon"

Body:  Cedar of Lebanon

Neck :  Maple 

Fingerboard: Zebrano

Radius 14"

Tailpiece: Black walnut

Pickup cover: Zircote

Pickups: Single coils a35 "Dreamsongs Pickups"

Finish paint: Copale Oil varnish (Violin paint) and Wax.

Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar
Queen of Lebanon - Electric Guitar




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I thought I'd enter my recent dreadnought acoustic build, 'Leftovers'

Why is it called 'Leftovers'?  Because it was made largely from bits of wood and hardware, some unused sets, some offcuts, some abandoned bits, that have been hanging around just taking up space over the past few years.  The only major specific purchases were the top wood and the Shadow pickup/eq set.

I have built it for my own use to give me a guitar configuration that sounds good fingerpicking (which my first acoustic build, an OM shape, does) but also sounds full and even when strummed (which my OM doesn't really!)

I've been modding guitars - mainly electric 6 strings and basses - for around 8 years, and did my first full build 6 years ago.  I am essentially a hobby builder but have been asked from time to time to do commissioned builds, which is a very fulfilling thing to do, especially when you see the big grin on the new owner's face when you hand it across :)

The build diary for 'Leftovers' is here:




 The spec is:

  • 25.5" Dreadnought Acoustic
  • London Plane Tree back and sides bought 'just in case' on a previous build
  • European spruce top
  • Maple/walnut/maple neck - offcut from a previous build
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard - offcut from a previous build
  • Tasmanian Burl Eucalyptus rosette - donated by out very own forumite  @curtisa 
  • EVO Gold Frets
  • Mix 'n match locking tuners - leftovers from a previous build
  • Ronseal polyurethane varnish, brushed on
  • Shadow Doubleplay on-board piezo/magnetic pickup and eq system
  • Elixir nanoweb 10-47 strings

Here are some pictures:









There are some rough old unplugged sound clips here - rough because of my playing - recorded on a zoom hand-recorder:

Thanks for looking :)











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