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  1. Phil, I didn't think he attacked you or your work. That would be flat out stupid. I just think his comments are conceited. There's enough of that going around here and I just pointed it out. I know I'm not alone in my opinion. But that's enough of this. Phil, I look forward to seeing more of your work. Dave
  2. I don't know about that. I was ahead of the only Tele clone in that GOTM. Seems tele clones are not in favor these days.
  3. GOTM is a bad choice for you then. How a direct strat clone made from premade parts can vote higher than a full custom jobbie with 50-100 photos showing the progress, AND a sound sample to show off its capabilities, well never cease to amaze me... but thats just how it is!! ← True. I didn't know that before I entered. While it seemed that winners are usually good choices, I never paid much attention to how the rest stacked up against each other. But I don't know what you mean about the pre-made strat clone comment. I assume you're referring to my guitar as the "full custom jobbi
  4. I disagree. I made a concise and articulate point. Most children can't do that. Because, overall, it was better. I think the vote proved that the vast[/] majority agrees with me. I voted for Phil myself. Who'd you vote for? Don't try to back-peddle. Even I can say that not all of the entries are "great". And yes, opinion decides. That's why we call it a "vote". You've got yourself for that. By the way, if this is true, why bother entering? I'll put my cards on the table and say that I entered, and will enter again, to guage the quality of my work against those
  5. How do you figure? Hmm. How 'bout giving Phil some credit. He didn't just "beat" you. He destroyed your guitar, my guitar and everyone else in that month. Second place was but a formality. Should a semi-hollow win by default? Uh, no. Phil's bass won because it deserved to. A little modesty never hurt anyone.
  6. xlr8's Les Paul is simply beautiful but I had to give it to Mattia.
  7. I think it is not the most scariest part of the buil, but the most critical. You screw the neck, no matter how good the guitar is, it is worthless! And the neck per se is not the hard part, I find carving a body more challenging, but the fretting! Even the bought ones need a bit of work! to Include Carvins and Warmoth. Of the 4 necks that I have boought (not that many) all of them needed a bit of attention. ← Yes. It's the most critical. That's why folks are "scared" off. Not sure what you're saying though. On the one hand you say the neck isn't the hardest part but then y
  8. Yes, yes, I know these are "project" guitars but let's face it: many take the easy way out and buy a neck. I don't care about bridges or pups or anything else. The neck and body are two most fundamental pieces of the instrument. As Perry said, you give credit where credit is due. If you build your own neck which most openly admit is the "scariest" part of building a guitar, then I'll give you more credit. A guitar would have to totally blow me away in every other aspect to get me to vote for it with a purchased neck. Dave
  9. Doug gets my vote. It's unique, has great wood, execution and is totally custom made. I also think the degree of difficulty was the highest of the bunch. I also cannot vote for a guitar that isn't completely scratchbuilt including the neck. Say what you want but that's how it goes for me. I hold myself to high standards and I hold the builders of ProjectGuitar.com to the same. Dave
  10. Jeremy, I'm not in love with the color on the back either. I have to chalk that up to my inexperience to finishing in general. I didn't know how the dye and the nitro would react together. I'm still learning. Coming from you though, I take your comments as a compliment. Thanks for taking the time to look! Dave Frattaroli
  11. I thought the lines in the fretboard wood were curved too. Didn't realize they were straight till I looked at some of the other build pics.
  12. I think it's safe at this point to concede victory to Phil. It's well deserved. In fact, I voted for your bass as well. I'll see you all in a future GOTM. PS Thanks to all of you who voted for my guitar and also for all the great compliments. Oh and Drak, you're most welcome! Dave Frattaroli
  13. I'm entering, for a chance at Guitar Of The Month for September 2005, my first build. I call it, the Egress. Egress means "window" or "portal" and I chose this name because this guitar represents my portal into the art of building guitars. Mahogany body with flamed maple top. Birdseye maple neck with Honduran Rosewood fretboard. Matching mahogany cavity covers. Spertzel tuners with pearloid buttons. Dunlop jumbo fretwire. Dimarzio Steve's Special in the bridge postion. Dimarzio Air Norton in the neck position. StewMac Mega P 5 way switch. Wilkinson trem bridge. The guitar featu
  14. I've gotta go with Perry on the "Ragas As Pro" issue. The site "implies" that you're a pro builder. Whether you make money or not is not the issue. You charge money. You should be ranked as a pro. Now there are good pros and bad pros. Which one you are is up to your customers I suppose. I see a screen name like RagasGuitars and I think "Hey, this is must be a pro builder" not "Hey, what a coincidence! The guy likes guitars and his last name is Guitars! Wow!" And as for the grain filling... Yes, I agree, I've seen expensive and well built guitars without it. However, I've never
  15. For the record, I don't want to change anything. I just made a suggestion. I'm not a complete moron after all, I've seen how the voting has gone in the past and I've seen the comments. So, I know some folks get handicapped and I've seen the best guitar, IMO, lose. It seemed, in this thread, that the issue had been raised before I ever posted in it. So I thought I could add my opinion without it being a big deal.
  16. Maiden, that's cool. All I did was make a suggestion. I'm cool with it the way it is. It was Drak who went off the deep end. He lumped me in with other folks who may be complaining. I'm not complaining. I haven't been a member that long and didn't know other folks have made the same suggestion. Leave it the way it is. Hiding the votes till the end is probably a good idea. But remember you can't look at the votes without either voting or forfeiting your vote. The problem is that you can read the comments before you vote and get an idea who is winning.
  17. rhoads56, I get your point. And I don't know how exactly you would classify someone as a pro or not but if you're at NAMM or posting pics here of "a guitar I made for one of my clients", you surely are no amateur. So in that respect, why would a pro want to compete in a GOTM at PG? Wouldn't there be loftier goals for those guys? I know if I was a pro, I'd surely aim higher. On the other hand, as a hobbyist, I certainly look forward to putting my guitars up against pro guitars and and any guitar made by someone better than me, just to see where I stack up. It's the only real guage I h
  18. These are tough to vote for because we chat with each other every day. I also don't like to reveal my vote because I don't want the others to feel bad. I certainly don't like to critique the other guitars for the same reason. That said, I think this monthly thing should have a couple of basic rules applied. I don't think pros should be allowed. Or at least, there should be a separate Pro Class for them. Secondly, to enter, your guitar should be totally scratch built. That includes the neck. Crap, how can you grade a guitar that is totally scratch built against one that has a purchase
  19. Just sold my Mark IV and ordered a Peavey JSX head and Genz Benz G-Flex cabinet.
  20. These are all gorgeous instruments. So hard to decide. When my guitar is finished I'm not entering it until I'm sure the only competitors are a couple of banjos and a harmonica.
  21. What grit files are you using? Should it be smooth, medium or coarse. I can't seem to find any smooth flat files.
  22. How thick should the body face be for the switch to protrude enough? Thanks. Dave
  23. This was tough. The SG is beautiful as is the trans blue axe. But in the end, I had to vote for the most original: Double neck.
  24. Thanks for the help Jay! I don't know why I have a little "teetering". I think it's because of all the washers too. I used a 5/16" Forstner bit to drill that hole. I'm going to try a shorter bolt and lose the washers. Do you have washers under your handle?
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