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  1. Cud, Maiden,

    Thanks for defending what you both saw as an attack on me but it really wasn't. I read that post and took no offense whatsoever.

    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.


  2.   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 that are both more and less skilled than I am.  If you look back at that post, you'll see my guitar was one of the last in.  That means I saw all the excellent guitars I was up against.  And as my first, I wanted to see where I stacked up.  Despite what you say, I think you did too.

    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!! :D

    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 jobbie with 50-100 photos" and I didn't get outvoted by a premade strat clone. Only you, Godin and the crucible outscored mine.

    But point taken. GOTM isn't the "guage" I thought it was.

  3. Cudbucket. You're being childish.

    I disagree. I made a concise and articulate point. Most children can't do that.

    I never said it didn't deserve it, but can you honestly say that it really deserved it more than any of the other entries?

    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?

    All of the entries are great, but opinion decides which will get the title.

    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".

    I don't need a GOTM win to assure me the quality of my work.

    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 that are both more and less skilled than I am. If you look back at that post, you'll see my guitar was one of the last in. That means I saw all the excellent guitars I was up against. And as my first, I wanted to see where I stacked up. Despite what you say, I think you did too.

    Nice job of attacking someone who was only trying to offer consolation.

    That is just a weak attempt at re-directing the focus of my original post. And for the record, if I'm "childish" why did you resort to name-calling? I haven't.

  4. Look at it this way, about 50% of the voters are kids who only own a squire and know little, if anything about this stuff.

    How do you figure?

    I was really surpised when Phil beat me out for GOTM two months ago(maybe 3, i don't remember). I mean, how many people are building neck through semi-hollows?

    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.

  5. If you build your own neck which most openly admit is the "scariest" part of building a guitar,


    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 you say fretting is. Fretting, that is, cutting slots, dressing, etc. is all part of the neck no? Also, fret dressing is also an art in and of itself. Properly levelling frets is something most who try, think they can do correctly. Takes dozens of tries before you really know what you're doing.

  6. 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.


  7. Cudbucket, Your guitar is very nicely done, I don't care for the color on it, particularly on the back, but color is a moot point.  Overall the guitar is very nicely done.

    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

  8. 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 features rounded body sides and Homestead Transfast Turquoise Blue dye under McFadden's Nitro Cellulose lacquer.

    The action is super comfortable and the tone is fat with an accent in the upper midrange. It's currently strung with .010 guage strings.





    For some reason, I was unable to get a picture that really gives an accurate representation of the color and gloss of this body. These are links to 3 more pics that do, as well as a link to my website illustrating the process. The newest pages are "Assembly" and "Complete".





  9. 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 seen a "metal" or "evil" guitar in anything but a filled, glossy, usually black finish. That's just me since I don't like those designs anyway. Be that as it may, for those of us who are really amateurs, something like grain filling is a thing we take time to learn and do well. So when I see a guitar without it, I do tend to think, "that finish didn't take as much work as the beautiful glass like finish on so-and-so's guitar". And when someone has that opinion, you can't complain about it.

    Ok, so let's see who have I guaranteed a no-vote from when I enter my guitar for the GOTM, um there's Drak, Ragas, and at least 5 of their friends on the forum...


  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 have by which I can measure my progress.

    You make a great point though, regarding guys who call themselves pros when they really aren't. Don't we see enough of them. The other side of that coin are the supremely talented amateurs that do awesome work on this forum.

    Now for the record, is Ragas a pro builder? The only reason I ask is that if he/she is, wouldn't there have been better pictures of the product? In a contest like this, having great pics can help you win by emphasising (spelling?) the strengths of the execution, desing, finish, etc.

    By my own timetable, my guitar will be finished by the of July. I know, I know, that'll put me at about 10 months! But I've got a day job and a family so I don't get to work on it every weekend. In any case, I may be ready for GOTM for August.

    God help me.


  13. 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 purchased or salvaged neck? Maybe there should be a Scratch Built Class and a Project Class for the guitars that have parts that were not built by the contestant.

    I know, I know. It's already too complicated. It's just something I've been thinking for a long time and thought I'd finally voice it.

    Other than that, congratulations to all you four entered guitars, for starting and finishing your projects. That's the main thing.


  14. Greg, thanks for sharing what you've learned. I'm not sure I'd stay away from the neck side scarf joint though. If a headstock laminate can provide enough strength to a headstock side scarf joint, then a fretboard, which is stiffer because it's thicker, can supply as much if not more strength to a neck side scarf.

    You could end up with the same problem on a headstock side scarf joint as well and then, you'd experience the same problem under the headstock laminate as you did under the fretboard.

    To be honest, I'm afraid of trying a scarf joint although, my next project (explorer, bolt on) will probably have one.

    Great project!


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