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Guitar Of The Month - August 2021

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for August 2021!

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 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.

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This is Stella!


Made from home-vacuum-pressed maple laminate plates.

The thread of the build is here:

A big thanks to all you guys for all of your insights!


Here is how the guitar sounds:


TV Jones Classic pickups

Home-made 7075 alumunium bridge

Duesenberg Radiator trem

Maple/maple/maple vacuume crossed-grain pressed plates for top and back

Ebony fretboard

Pearloid inlays

Zero fret

Fret nibs

24.625” scale

12” radius

Korina neck with scarf joint

6-in-line tuners

Master Vol Neck Vol Bridge Vol configuration

Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector toggle.

Gretsch 3- way mud switch

.0047μF and pio .022μF

3 switches for

phase -off - out of phase

bridge series split parallel

neck series split parallel
















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The sabbatical guitar - first build with zero experience




I’m a corporate lawyer on sabbatical. With some free time on my hands, I decided to build this guitar with absolutely no experience working with wood or power tools. Somehow, after watching YouTube videos and bombarding forum members with questions, I competed the build this month. The guitar was built partly in a rented workshop and partly on my dining table (as you can imagine, my wife was not too happy about it).

In terms of design, I wanted to build a guitar for playing rock and heavier stuff. That’s why I designed it to have sharper lines and a more aggressive look. The dark wood, all black electronics and high output distortion humbuckers, were chosen with this in mind.

Here are the specs:

-        Scale - 25.5”

-        Neck-through construction

-        5 piece laminated neck (3 x maple, 2 x walnut)

-        6 piece body (4 x walnut, 2 x maple)

-        Ebony fretboard

-        Walnut truss rod covers with laser cut brass inlays with my signature

-        Finish – Danish oil, followed by polyurethane

-        Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers pickups (SH-6N and SH-6B)

-        Schaller 3D-6 bridge

-        D’addario auto trim tuners

-        Ebony knobs

-        Brass inlay fret markers

-        Bone side dots

-        Copper tape shielding

Shout out to all the forum members that answered my million questions! Thanks for all the help!

The link to the build thread is here: https://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/54092-custom-guitar-build-first-time-build/?page=10&tab=comments#comment-604197

Till the next one,


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