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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for February 2019!

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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Here's my entry then, my 5th build that I completed recently for friend of a friend Luke. I've dubbed it The Eye of Sauron due to the beetle tract that appeared on the back after thicknessing. He's a big LOTR fan so seemed appropriate. Got some good use out of wood on this on; the kahya neck laminates came from offcuts of the mk2 and the top, the neck, inlays, binding and control cover all came out of one plank of maple, the rest of which I'm using on the flying V build, which is also going to be blue, sisters :D 

Since he picked it up a few weeks ago, he hasn't wanted to play anything else which astonished me as he is the store manager of an instrument chain (PMT UK) and owns 14 other guitars.

Apologies for the amateur photography. 


- 1 piece carved African mahogany body
- 2-piece flame maple cap with faux binding
- carved flamed maple control cover
- laminated flamed maple and African mahogany neck
- Ebony headstock with flamed maple inlay
- Ebony fretboard with flamed maple trapeze inlays and grain-matched truss rod cover
- Ebony and flamed maple binding
- 24 medium jumbo nick-silver frets
- 43mm Graphtech tusq nut
- oiled blue burst finish
- Mini Grover Rotomatic 3x3 tuners
- Graphtech Resomax bridge with tusq saddles and Gotoh tailpiece
- Dimarzio Liquifire bass, SuperDistortion trebble pickups
- Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch
- CTS push-pull volume with treble bleed
- CTS push-pull tone, both pickups can be coil-tapped individually
- Ebony lampshade control knobs.










And I went to watch it play it's first show last night, which was a big thing for me :D



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The Cutlass (AKA Skelecaster)


  • All wenge body and neck, with maple veneer accents in the neck.
  • Flame maple top and rosewood fret board.
  • 25.5 scale
  • Luminlay side dots
  • Grain matched cavity covers
  • Maple side block inlays
  • Bare knuckle blackguard 55 stagger pickups
  • Chambered body with "skull" F-hole
  • Evertune bridge, hipshot open back locking tuners


I tried to enter last months GoTM but I waited too long to post it (Sorry admins!) so here we are trying again. 

I've always wanted to build a tele, but never liked the idea of a standard looking one. For this design I tried to think of some things that I have not seen before, yet keep all the basic themes of what makes a tele a tele. The one integral part of a tele that I omitted would be the bolt on construction. I really like the heel access on a set neck/neck thru and decided to try that out with this guitar and see how much of a difference in tone it would make. To me, it still spanks like a tele should spank and twangs like a tele should twang. 

Between the name, the shape, and the skull F hole I guess you could say this one was fairly pirate inspired. Yarr!!! Nothing says pirate like a... country guitar?

I've also attached a video of a quick improvisation for you to judge if it sounds like a tele! 









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Figured I might as well enter my newest built. This is my 2nd build and first real custom design, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Built it simply because I've never owned a bass before and I decided I wanted one! Built in the corner of my garage during my free time between highschool and work. Went a bit wild with the finish and burnt a sunburst finish then clear coated over it, and got a nice sort of rustic burst effect which I'm really happy with.

The GC-B1 "Sunburn"

  • 1 piece Alder body, carved and set on fire
  • Sapele/ flamed maple neck
  • Flamed maple fretboard w/ 21 stainless steel frets
  • sapele/maple side inlay dots
  • Alder headstock cap w/ flame maple truss rod cover
  • Alder back plate attached w/ magnets
  • 2k poly clear coat body
  • Crimson guitar oil finish on neck and fretboard
  • 34" scale
  • Gotoh Fender style bridge
  • Gotoh compact bass tuners
  • All parts Music Man replacement Alnico pickup
  • Graphtech black Tusq 40mm nut
  • CTS 500k long shaft pots, wiring is 1 volume and 1 tone with the mini toggle as a coil split







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