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Guitar Of The Month - November 2022


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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for November 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!

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  • 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?
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    • 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!
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Unsure what to write? Have a look around the entry archives for suggestions!

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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 at work I've found quite of a few people play guitar.

We use a product called 8020 aluminum for projects so I got an idea to build a simple no frills guitar with a built in amp to leave at work.

Well at first the plan was to make it quick and dirty, no paint and just a rectangle, well of course  I kept adding to it.

Wood, mahogany pulled from a dumpster, 1/4" aluminum, Grovers, Cheep pickups. and a $20 battery guitar amp.

 

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I call it the "8020 Guitar"

I used a (3W  Amp. Battery Powered D5F4) .  I'm thinking of upgrading the amp to a 20W with a better speaker.  

I angled the frets to match the natural angle of my hand at higher frets which I find it easer to play.

Also I been using on all of my guitars a "first fret" at the top of the speaking length rather than the nut, this makes it very easy to get the lowest action.

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My entry is a take on a Thunderbird bass with my own shape for the headstock which helped greatly with reducing "neck dive".  It is part of a set (T-bird and F-bird) made per spec for a longtime friend, who plays in several bands.   Standard woodshop and lutherie tools were used in my garage.  I have been working on guitars for over 20 years but doing the occasional complete/from scratch build every few years. I started this in 2017.

scale: 34", med jumbo frets

set neck:  5 piece: maple/wenge/maple/wenge/maple with a rosewood board and pearloid dots.  scarf joint. 1.5" nut width.

pickups: Bartolini

The body wood is Spanish Cedar with a figured redwood top.  Binding is pearloid on the body and headstock.  The electronics and truss rod covers are also pearloid.  The matching "f-bird" will also have similar aesthetics and chrome hardware.  The finish is "Aqua Coat" brand WB "lacquer".   Neck finish is tru-oil so there is a difference in shade in the pictures

Hipshot bridge (a thing of beauty) and knobs.

The bass very light but still well balanced due to the smaller headstock and the heft of the hipshot bridge.  It's sound is aggressively piano-like".  The other members can name it what they want but he called me and said that the bass is "the cure for low T".   

Thank you all in for the consideration.  I welcome any questions and feedback.

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Just to add more choices to the competition, here's an oldie from pre-Covid:

 

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With this one I wanted to challenge myself properly.  This is my fourth full build, built at the community college workshop during wintertime Saturdays. She's a semi hollow LP-profile neck-through as I titled the thread but let's just call her Ovie... So:

  • Top: Flamed Ovangkol from Madinter, Spain
  • Body: Torrefied Estonian Alder from the sauna department of the local hardware store
  • Accent laminates: 0.55 mm flamed Birch a fellow builder got from a bankrupted flooring factory
  • Neck: Maple with Cherry and Nogal stripes from the outlet of another flooring materials factory
  • Fretboard Merbau from the same flooring factory
  • Hardware from AliExpress, Banggood and Ebay
  • Pickups: Humbucker sized P90's (Ali)
  • Finish: Crimson Guitar Finishing Oil
  • Final finish: Self cooked wax mixture of Carnauba, Beeswax and Pine Turpentine
  • Weight 3,36 kg/7.4 lbs

As you can see, the body has been shaped using a Les Paul template and the headstock owes a bit to PRS. The rest has just been improvised.

Designing the F-holes:

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Just short of putting it all together:

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The pickups were a bit tricky to install, especially the springs:

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Fast forward to today:

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The devil is in the details: The jack is recessed - and that's wax I didn't notice when shooting these pictures!

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I tend to leave the upper neck too wide so I widened the nut with offcuts of the fingerboard. The truss rod cover is also from an offcut.

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The back:

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And how does she sound? Well... When I play she's yelling and screaming and thumping but fellow builders seem to get some very pleasing music out of her. Just as expected...

 

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