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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for November 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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This was my first build, a Solidbody Strat, made from Australian hardwoods! I used a set of plans for the dimensions, but made a few changes to a standard strat, I'd always wanted a guitar with dual HB's and so here it is! I've learnt so much from my first go at building, for someone with no experience at all with timber, every step was a lesson! I have no idea what to call it, so it's the AusStrat?

  • The body is Queensland Maple, the neck is Silver Ash, both purchased from David Linton at Australian Guitar Timbers. The fretboard is a nice piece of Red Box which i found lying around in the family timber yard.
  • The scale length is 25.5'
  • I have kept the wiring as simple as possible, the 2 HBs are golden age pickups from StewMac, didn't want to go too fancy for my first build, i have got a single volume and single tone setup with a 3 way selector. I found the wiring diagram at the SD website, very handy, but having a little bit of trouble with getting enough volume out of it!
  • Built this in my dad's workshop, he's got a great selection of tools, i'm slowly building my own collection as I go!

I really wanted to keep things simple for the first build and hence I went with the solidbody strat. The use of Australian timbers is something I'm really passionate about. We are very lucky to have some amazing timber down under, the family sawmill was lucky enough to cut hardwoods for many years until they were pushed out of the industry by the bigger sawmills and overseas processing. I'm glad we still have some great people milling aussie timber for furniture and guitars and want to support them as much as possible!

I hope you like it!

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And where it came from!

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Cthulhu

Woods:
- Cocobolo neck
- Gaboon ebony fret board with Cthulhu inlay in Mother of Pearl
- Swamp ash body

Scale length: Muli scale 25.5" - 27.5"

Hardware: Hipshot tuners and bridge, stainless string retainer / sustain block

Electronics: Tosin Abasi signature Fishman Fluence  pickup. One mini switch for Fluence voicings, and one for B / B-N / N pickup selection

This one has been a long time coming. I've had the idea for this inlay planned for years, and finally built up a reserve of patience to try it. The body design is from a Tosin Abasi prototype built by Vikk guitars. When I saw it I knew it was a perfect vehicle for this inlay.

 

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