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Guitar Of The Month April 2024

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Welcome to the Guitar Of The Month entry for April 2024!

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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The "Twisted Tele" I made for a buddy. Not for everyone but he digs the hell out of it! It's being played professionally.  1 piece yellow pine body.  Built-in slide holder, bottle opener and pick holder. True Custom "Wicked T" pickups, Guitar Madness compensated 3 barrel bridge and Gotoh tuners. CTS pots with Switchcraft 3 way loaded controls custom made by Atlantic Custom Guitars(thanks James!) .  Muriatic acid etched hardware. Built by yours truly Lowatter AKA Omegadog..

Ugly as sin but it's a real player that you don't have to worry about bumping into something with it. It's worth at least a buffalo nickel.

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Here's a video of my friend playing it live...


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The Scrap'O'caster


This is my build #6½. It's a little rustic and has quite some history behind.

The body is pine and started its life as a beam in a cottage at my inlaws' and was reused as a doorstep at our front door. And then it supported stacks of firewood in our yard.

Similarly the neck is of recycled materials, maple, cherry and nogal. The main part is a leftower but it was a bit too thin so I stack leftovers from another to the headstock and heel. Plus the headstock back plate is constructed from offcuts from a third neck. The front plate of figured birch was found in the trash bin of the workshop, We could resaw four such plates of the block, the other three had much more worm holes than this one. The fretboard is of merbau which I once bought from a parquet factory, the dots are cut of offcuts. The scale appears to be 25", I let our tutor cut a dozen boards at various scale lengths and this one was left. And the floating bridge is simply a piece of pine from my firewood storage equipped with a length of fretwire.

The pickups are donationware, I got a broken Tokai Strat scratchplate with the mid and bridge pickups from a guitarist after he learned about my hobby. For the wiring I used salvaged computer power supply cables. The trapeze was given me by a fellow builder, salvaged from Chinese guitars when he replaced them with hard tails.

The pots and tuners are new, original Chinese cheapos. And the pot knobs were turned a decade ago of a branch of our plum tree, same batch as I used for my first build.

For finishing I used steelwool diluted in vinegar which I mostly sanded off. It highligths the growth rings nicely, though. And on top of that I applied several coats of a mix of BLO, lacquer and turpentine. Finally I applied a layer of a mix of beeswax and carnauba, also home cooked.

The original Neverending Story can be read here: https://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/54656-what-next/?do=findComment&comment=616388


There was a knot at the end of the bridge but it fell off despite having been secured with a drop of CA glue.



Inlaying the jack plate has become somewhat of a trade mark. Logically I had to inlay the trapeze bracket as well. All cracks were filled with CA glue and some dust.


On the volute you can see a bit of the offcut from another neck used for steepening the headstock angle. Most of it is hidden under the back plate.


For the control cavity cover there's both sides of the headstock veneers used. There's a cross laminated veneer for added strength underneath.





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