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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for May 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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So... The everlasting saga of my experimental build has come to an end. For all the iterations, mistakes, fixes and frustration look here:

Long story short, some years ago I saw a company felling big poplar trees in a yard in the town centre. So I asked if they could give me a 1 m long piece from the stem and they did. It was 70 cm in diameter and a real pain to lift into my station wagon. The log stood upright in my yard for most of the summer as I was trying to find some place to get it sawn. When I noticed that some fungi started to rot the end I took my chainsaw and butchered a few blocks out of it. And after having had the blocks for several years on the beams of my firewood shed I noticed that they had dried so I took them to the workshop to see what I got. I managed to resaw bookmatched planks of about 40 mm so I decided to go through my leftover pile for a neck and the rest is history.

This was my first set neck build, I've built two bolt-ons and three neck-thrus before this.

Let's call her "Buttons" for obvious reasons

Body: Poplar felled in the yard of a block of flats.
Neck: Multi-laminate maple-cherry-nogal with flamed birch veneers all from a parquet factory
Fretboard: Merbau from the same source
Pickups: Made by a friend when he studied luthiery at the Ikata, AlNiCo 2 low output design
Tuners: Gotoh locking staggered
Frets: Medium nickel silver
Fret markers: Buttons salvaged from a Melka short sleeved shirt with thinned brass nails
Side dots: Brass tube with nogal inserts
Bridge, ferrule block, fake turtle binding and other misc. stuff from China
Finish: Crimson Stunning Stain Shots Cherry on the bottom, Lidl rattle can lacquer continued with Maston made Car-Rep Acryl rattle cans

Weight 2.3 kg.

Lots of sustain, warm tone.

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