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Guitar Of The Month March 2022

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for March 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.


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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Well I'll enter one if no on else is...

Duncan's SG2000 inspired guitar, his 60th present to self and my #17 build.

Build thread: 



One piece maple top - Courtesy of Mike Ve
African mahogany body
30 yr air dried mahogany neck, from may dads wood stash
Indian ebony fretboard and headstock
Mop inlays, Big Country inspired 12th fret inlay
maple binding
OX4 pickups
Tone pros bridge
Goto locking tuners
Ebony knobs and switch tip
Ebony back plates






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Hi everyone,

This is my second build, SSB (Semillon Sauvignon Blanc? Short Scale Bass? You decide!! Ha ha)

Here is the link to my build thread: 

I really wanted to try and make this one, timber wise at least, all Australian. We've got some nice stuff out here, but it's not that common from what I've seen.

Body: Bunya pine (not a pine softwood, it's a hardwood that really does look a lot like normal pine)
Cap: Queensland maple
Veneer accent strip: Tasmanian blackwood
Neck: Queensland maple
Fretboard: Gidgee
Fretboard binding and markers: Bunya Pine
Pickups: EMG Active PJ set
Bridge: Hipshot D-type
Tuners: Gotoh sealed
Scale length: 30"

The history of this build: I did a 1 week building course back in 2015 and had been harbouring dreams of building another after that. It took me a couple of go's to eventually get build #1 done, which is also documented on this site. One of the false starts though was a bass - I bought all the hardware plus some timber to get started but messed up making the neck, got a bit dejected and parked it for a couple of years. After I made build 1 last year, I was keen to have another go at the bass - especially given I had the pickups, tuners and bridge just sitting in a box. I'd used the body blank in build 1, and I'd messed the neck up, so I was on the lookout for new timbers. I saw this cap pop up with a timber seller over in the east coast and jumped on it straight away. 

I drew the design up in Inkscape (think free Adobe Illustator), then used AutoCAD to flesh out the design in more detail. Build one took about 15 months from start to finish, I was keen to do this one quicker, partly with more experience and a few more tools, but mostly with better planning. In the end, I got this one done in 5 months, while not exactly record breaking, I'm pretty happy with it - I still have a day job and look after a 2 year old, very hectic toddler! Ha ha, so I'm limited to an hour here or there in evenings or occasionally during an arvo toddler nap. 

I chose the short scale as I'd always found playing a 34" scale bass a bit of a stretch for me - I could do it, but not comfortably. Having now played it, yep, that was definitely the right call for me! The short scale just fits so much better and is easy to play nicely. 

I also included an integrated pick and right angle jack adaptor cavity; I know, I know, picks, bass, blurgh! Too bad, I like playing with a pick. Ha ha. I'd often thought it would be handy to have a little holder build into the guitar to keep a pick, so you don't have to go searching when you want to have a 2 minute jam. The right angle jack adaptor was a more practical thing; most of my cables are straight, and a couple of my guitars can only take straight leads, but I really wanted to try to the front jack location, so I picked up an adaptor and designed the cavity around it. This is where the cad design really came into it's own, as I was able to build the cavity to fit in and around the pickups without interfering, and also sink a spare jack in from the top of the body blank before the cap went on. 

Right, that feels like enough wall of text, here are some photos. 










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