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Guitar Of The Month January 2022


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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for January 2022!

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!

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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Hi all!
Here's my entry - a strange beastie that came together over the last couple months of 2021.  It's called "The Nameless One, AKA Keith Richards" after a bunch of friends kept telling me it made them think of Keef. :)

It's a 25.5" scale built from a slab of live-edge/end cherry I got from my brother-in-law.  At first I didn't think I'd be able to use it, but it just kept calling to me, and I knew I didn't want to go with the normal "resin-fill" that seemed to be the obvious way to deal with the disintegrating bits.    The more I mucked around with the wood, the more it started to design itself.  The big problem, of course, was that no bridge/tailpiece in existence would work in the 'canyon' area, the wood was just too soft and prone to falling apart.  I did as much as I could to stabilize it by carefully squeezing super-light Starbond CA glue into the cracks, but that wasn't going to be enough.  So I grabbed a 3/8" steel rod, my angle grinder and a blowtorch and began heat-bending hunks of rod into the two-piece tailpiece, and then the same to bend (and then thread) the bridge.  

I knew I wanted just a single pickup/single volume control, and the volume needed to go inside the hole I cut in the upper horn.  I wanted it to appear like it was 'hovering' there, which took a moment to sort out, but some threaded rod, three nuts and some JB Weld did the trick.   I also wanted to give it a strange future-swamp-acoustelectric-abomination feel, so I sourced a 4" flat steel ring and recessed it into the top, and bored a hole all the way through for the pickup mount.  The pickup is a StewMac overwound Parsons Street that I hand-distressed, and the relic volume knob and tuners are from GFS.  

This thing is my sixth or seventh build, and the whole thing became an exercise in NOT letting traditional design force it into something it shouldn't be, and quite frankly given the nature of the wood itself, couldn't be.  The headstock is a great example of this - there was literally -just- enough to get a full length neck, but it was too stubby.   A little hunk of walnut turned into the 'mohawk', which is perhaps a debatable choice, but it's really grown on me.  I've been on a bit of a quest the past four or five years to up my game in this arena.  I did a couple of kits about 7 years ago, and once the bug bit hard it became time to start seeing what I could do with my own designs.  You can see more of the weird stuff I'm doing on my IG page: https://www.instagram.com/tunguska.guitars/ or my website (which is still very much a work in progress) https://www.tunguskaguitars.com/
 

You can hear what it sounds like (in context of a tune) here: 

I'll post a video of it raw straight out of an amp shorttly.
Hope you enjoy perusing the odd beast. :)

 

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