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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for April 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, just completed my first ever full from scratch build, "Curly Hog." It's based on a Tele, built from curly mahogany, curly maple and east Indian rosewood, finished in polyurethane for the body and tru oil for the neck. I hope you like it! 

I started with blocks of wood, and through a combination of homemade router templates, rasps and a metric ton of sandpaper, had a blast. This was my first time ever hammering frets or building a neck as well, I'm pretty ok with how it turned out! 

From these:



To this: 




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This is my second full build from a couple of years back, a neck-thru LP-ish silhouette - Call her "El Pish", maybe? - with a radiused top built in the premises of our local adult education centre. They run a guitar building course on Saturdays - what a way to forget the events of the previous week at work! - under the tuition of master luthier Veijo Rautia.  He's got a bunch of templates for us to use for drawing the outlines to be cut with the band saw, as well as a pile of blueprints to check the measurements. This one has the common LP outlines and the shape and placing of the electrickery cavities but the headstock was designed using a PRS template borrowed from a fellow builder for a straighter string pull. As you see, the moustache is still there...

The neck is of maple and walnut, the wings of are of roasted alder with a nogal top. The fretboard is of rosewood, 24,75 with a 12" radius. To prove that "tonewood" can be bought in most imaginary places, the alder is from the sauna building department of a nationwide hardware store and the nogal and merbau are from the outlet shop of a parquet factory.

The hardware is from China, a pair of humbucker sized P90's for pickups. The pickup rings have been sanded to make them look more "organic" to match the oiled wood. The oil used was Osmocolor clear several coats slurred with ~1500 grit abrasive mat.

It weighs 3.9 kg.











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Top- Zebrawood

Neck-Osage orange - Katalox_Osage orange...Zebrawood HS cap


Pickups-Klein '58 PAFs

Tuners- Gotoh locking



Frets- jumbo SS

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This is my first post in this forum I think. I try to keeps this short. Hope this goes fine...

"Magpie" was my 8th build and it was for client. It doesn't mean that I'm professional by any means. It took almost a year from starting project to complete it. But I hope I could build more guitars and maybe move my actual work more to guitars and woodworking. Now I'm working as full stack developer. Back to guitar then..

Magpie is almost built from localwood. Flame maple and walnut doesn't much grow in Finland or they are rare so they are bought from hardwood suppllier. Also pickups are Rautia Guitars Bar-o-caster with custom options and they are built here in Finland.

  • Body and headstock are clients design.
  • Body is black alder, which I gathered myself and cut it to blanks many years ago.
  • Top wood is flamed rowan (Sorbus). My big brother harvested it locally and then we cut it to blanks and it was kinda really awful blank at first but I thought it will be good as top wood and it will look good after planing it.
  • Neck is 5 pcs flamed rowan and walnut. This rowan I cutted my self and grain structure was really good for this purpose.
  • Volume knob is flamed rowad and truss rod cover also.
  • Electronics cavity cover is rowan burl from same tree as top wood.
  • Fretboard is flame maple and binding are from same blank.
  • Tuners and Schaller locking tuners. Bridge is Schaller Hannes.
  • Pickups Rautia Guitars Bar-o-caster with custom options built in Finland.
  • Tru-oil.

Client has lot of knowledgement from guitars, pickups etc. He knew exactly how thick he wanted neck to be and he tested it two times and I tweaked it between sessions. Neck is smooth C and feels nice to hand.

Pickups can be used hot/vintage style and they can be split. Volume has treble bleed. Client wanted to make all electronics and I was happy with it. There are plenty of different sounds to play with.

Fretboard and neck has magpie or birdie style decorations. Carved bird is my first actual carving ever. I have done inlays before, but that bird in 12th fret is my hardest one. I really like to do those.

Here are some pictures:




Some kind of a song and test video:

As always I was in hurry making this test video and I haven't use looper in my main Marshall set before. But there are some notes to be heard..


Is it ok to put this link to my blog where I keep collecting all my woodworking project. There are more pictures from Magpie and building but language is Finnish:



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