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Guitar Of The Month - March 2020

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for March 2020!

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!

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    • The woods and materials used, especially if there is something unusual in there!
    • Scale length(s) and other specific configuration details
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    • 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?
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    • 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!
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If you have any questions about the contest, either PM the moderator team 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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Dmitry Sushkov here and I proudly present the Wahlgaard mk. II - a 9 strings electric guitar made for Ragne Wahlquist of Heavy Load band, Swedish heavy metal pioneers.

The purpose of second build is some design and functional improvements after playing some concerts with first one, which I posted here some time ago. Main improvement is shorter scale for better behavior of first .007" string, originally supposed to tune in Ab. But we're also updated the look with more inlays and new custom designed top lock. This build took me whole year 2019. Most of the time was spent on inlay job, my favorite part. 

About me. I'm building custom guitars since 1999, I don't remember exact numbers but I can say I have built about 150 guitars in total which are living all around the world now. The Wahlgaard II is my 5-th guitar built in my own small shop in Prague.

Here is the link to build progress thread 

And here are the specs:

Guitar construction:    Headless, 9 Strings, double cutaway, special archtop design, set-neck        
Body material:    Korina
Top material:    16 mm American black walnut bookmatched top
Body construction:    LP style archtop front with back comfort contours and bridge tuning pegs cavity
Neck construction:    3 piece with carbon stripes (total 5 parts), no headstock
Neck angle:    3 degrees to body        
Neck material:    Korina, 3 parts
Neck reinforcement stripes:    carbon fiber
Truss rod:    Double-action 500 mm, adjustable nut under string holder
Fretboard material:    Ebony 85mm width
Fretboard radius:    20” (508mm)        
Fretboard width at nut:    66 mm        
Nut:    Black TUSQ (Hipshot)
Fret marker inlays:    Black ravens, walnut leaves, sword and Wahlquist symbol    
Frets:    20x2.5 mm + 9x2mm SINTOMS Stainless steel frets
Scale length:    671 mm        
Neck thickness:    1 fret = 20 mm, 12 fret = 22 mm        
Strings:    First string (.007) is a special type of string from Octave plus The other strings are Ernie Ball 9-String 28" Scale
    string No    size    tuning
    first    .007    Ab
    second    .009    Eb
    third    .012    Bb
    fourth    .016    Gb
    fifth    .024    Db
    sixth    .034    Ab
    seventh    .042    Eb
    eighth    .056    Bb
    ninth    .080    F
String spacing on nut:    Equal string spacing calculated as 6,361 mm, standard 4 mm from string to edge
String spacing on bridge:    10,4 mm        
Bridge:    9 individual Mera Submarine III (rev. 2) Gold plated
Top-lock:    9-string custom made solid locking nut, gold plated
Controls:    3 pots V+V+T
Active electronics:    JFET high quality low power adjustable preamp to boost volume by 2-6dB
Pickup selector switch:    3-way 4PDT switch
Additional active/passive control switch:    3-way 4PDT switch
Neck pickup:    Custom made vinatage PAF inspired 9-string pickup without covers bobbins both creme, including creme pickup ring
Bridge pickup:    Custom made vinatage PAF inspired 9-string pickup without covers creme/black bobbins, including creme pickup ring
Pot knobs:    Metal regular sized dome knobs GOLD
Output jack:    Gold switchcraft long threaded barrel jack
Strap buttons:    Gold Schaller Strap Locks
Body art:    Customer's signature on the lower part
Body binding:    Mother of Pearl stripe
Finish:    Modern high-gloss polyester
Case:    Molded plastic hard case with custom interior

Some sound clips:



And some completed pics:


















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