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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for October 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!

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.

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Unsure what to write? Have a look around the entry archives for suggestions!

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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!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Well we can't have Mike going unchallenged ;)

I present to you "African Bass Fula" made for my friend and gauntlet thrower, Tom.

("Fula" is the Mandinkan word, the local language in The Gambia, for 'Two')

In short, Tom does a lot of work in The Gambia and knows one of the leading drum makers there.  A few years ago, they unexpectedly presented him with a 'bass body' made from traditional African drum wood.  Against all odds I built a playable bass from it.  Everyone was delighted.  So delighted that they presented him with another one at his last visit...

As a post-script, the build and strength challenges with the original one taught me enormous amounts about what matters and what doesn't with guitar and bass design and led to my series of slim-bodied and lightweight builds :)

Spec:

Body wood:                                        Unknown species African drum wood

Neck:                                                   Maple with Panga panga fretboard

Headstock plate/Pickup rings:     Wenge

Scale length:                                    Multi-scale 33" to 31"

Pickups:                                             Artec Humbuckers in series, direct wired to jack

Bridge blocks and Tuners:             Hipshot

Jack socket:                                      Rear mounted, carved walnut

Finish:                                                Osmo 1101

Weight:                                             7lbs 11oz

 

The build thread is here:

And here it is:

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And I'm no bass player, but here's a soundclip:

 

Thanks for looking! :)

 

 

 

 

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