August 2019 Guitar of the Month Submissions

GOM

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We are now announcing the August, 2019 Guitar of the Month contest!  August's contest will be "Warmoth/professionally finished" and requires at least a Warmoth neck or body to qualify.

Please read the GOM rules, which have been refined, with some slight changes, and are posted in a sticky in this forum area.

Submissions must be sent to uwfgom@gmail.com, and contain two images no greater than 1024x768, along with your description and details of the instrument.  Send your submission in plain text email.  Your photos must be attachments to the email.  Your UnOfficialWarmoth Forum user name must be included in the body of the email.

In turn, your images will added to this message, which is August's submission thread.

Submissions will be accepted until exactly 7 days from the date and time of this post, so get your cameras clicking!

As usual, discussion about the submissions can take place below.

Please do not post additional photos in any replies to this thread.  Links to other UW threads or external sites are fine.

Please try to stick to the entry requirements:
Two 1024x768 pixel images maximum as attachments please, not embedded in the email or linked to external sites.

An image for the purposes of this contest is a single photograph, not a multiple image/collage.

Include your UnOfficialWarmoth Forum user name.

Warmoth or other professionally finished instruments only this month.


Sorry, but entries that do not meet these requirements may not be included in the contest. If you're having technical difficulties, get in touch!  (But only about contest entries please!)

Good luck, and may the best guitar/bass win!



Guitar #1 aguyinaustintx

GUITAR NAME: "Tula"

BODY
Warmoth Semi-hollow Carved Top Telecaster®
Flame Koa Lam Top on Mahogany Body with Faux Tortoise Binding
Warmoth Special Order - No Control Cavity Cover (Closed Back)
Pot and switch hole area thinned internally
Wilkins Guitars Custom Machine Screw Neck Assembly (No Neck Plate)
Graphtech® ResoMax® Wraparound NW2 Bridge with String Saver Saddles
Schaller S Locks

NECK
Warmoth Modern Tiltback Construction Neck, 25 1/2 Scale
Pau Ferro Fretboard on Roasted Maple, Flame Koa Headstock Veneer
Vortex Headstock, Wolfgang Neck Profile, 12" Radius, SS6105 Frets
Abalone Face Dots Inlay, White Side Dots
Grover Vintage 135 Series 3+3 Tuners

ELECTRONICS
Kinman P-90 Hx Nasty Noiseless Neck and Bridge Pickups
Dknob.com Pau Ferro Wood Pickup Covers, Knobs, Switch Tip, TRC
Bourns 500K Series 95 Pots, 0.15mf Tone Capacitor
Fender® American Tele® Style Treble Bleed: 680pF, 150K parallel, 10K series
Switchcraft® 3-Way Switch, Braided Shielded Cloth Wire
Electrosocket Jackplate, Pure Tone™ Output Jack

FINISH AND SETUP
Body and headstock finished by Wilkins Guitars
Pickup covers, knobs, switch tip finished by Michael Bhalla
Fret dress and setup by Ben Nippes of South Austin Music

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Guitar #2 BigSteve22

CasinoCaster, "Amy"

Body:
Mooncaster, Showcase # MP619
Flame Maple on Mahogany
Vintage Tint, Gloss
Rear Routed
2x P-90s, 2x Tone, 2x Volume, 1x 3 Way Switch
Strat Shaped, Angled Neck Pocket
Contoured Heel / Tummy Cut (Both Standard)
Drilled for Gotoh 510 Bridge

Neck:
Custom Built
24.75" Conversion Scale, Warmoth Tilt Back, 3x3
Standard Thin Profile
Black Ebony on Roasted Flame Maple, Unfinished
White Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays
Strat Heel, 4 Hole Mounting
10"-16" Compound Radius
22,  SS6230 Frets
1-11/16" White, Tusq XL, Nut
White Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays w/ White Side Dots
Gotoh Stepped, 13/32 x 11/32, Tuner Ream
 
Electronics:
MojoTone  '56 Quiet Coil P-90's
CTS, 500K, Audio Taper, Split Shaft Pots
.033uf Sprague Orange Drop Tone Caps
Switchcraft, Short Type, 3 Way, Selector Switch
Pure Tone Jack, GF Jack Plate
Gavitt 22 AWG Shielded Push Back Wire
 
Hardware:
Gotoh 510 Wrap Around Bridge, X-Chrome Finish
Gotoh 510, 21:1, Tuners, X-Chrome Finish, Tortoise Buttons
Planet Waves Elliptical Strap Buttons, Chrome
Gibson Top Hat Knobs, Black w/ Chrome Inserts
Standard Switch Tip, Black
"Modern" Les Paul Pickguard Bracket, Chrome

Extras:
Custom Headstock Decal, Buried Under Satin Lacquer
Custom Acrylic Pickguard, Tortoise on Cream, 45 degree Beveled Edge
Custom Engraved Titanium Neck Plate, w/ Black Frame
Custom Engraved "Amy" Truss Rod Cover
Custom "Twin Mountain" Label in Body Cavity
Stew Mac 0.5° Shim in the Neck Pocket
Fret Work By "Cagey"
Set-up By Owner

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Guitar #3 -VB-

Body:
Warmoth '72 Thinline
Alder
Candy Apple Red with White Binding
Super Vee BladeRunner Trem
Black Witch Hat Knobs and a Black Top Hat Switch Tip
Revel Vintage '72 Wide Range Humbuckers
Thomastik Infeld Power Bright Heavy Bottom 10-50 Strings

Neck:
Macassar Ebony on Flame Maple
'59 Roundback Profile
Big Ugly Beautiful CBS Strat Headstock painted CAR to match
Black TUSQ Nut
Gotoh Locking Tuners

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Guitar #4 Dano

'A Tribute To Merle'

Body:               
Style: Warmoth Quilt Maple on 5A Honey Tint Flame Maple Core and Hollow Alder Wings. Walnut Strip going through the center of the Maple top.
Neck Pocket: Tele
Right / Left: Right Handed
Control Rout: Top Rout
Pickups: T-X-T
Bridge Rout: Tele
Binding: Pearloid
Top Finish: Black to Honey Tint Burst
Back Finish: Black with Clear Gloss
Scale: 25 ½"

Neck:
Style: Warmoth Warhead®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: 3A Flame Maple with Maple Veneer Headstock Matching Body
Fingerboard: Wood: 3A Flame Maple
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6150 (Gold)
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
String Nut: GraphTech TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Black Face Dots
Side Dots: Black Side Dots
Finish: Clear Gloss

Gotoh Standard Tele Bridge, Gold
Grover 505G Inline 18:1 Locking Tuners
Warmoth Pickguard
Oak Grigsby 4-Way Blade Switch (B,  B+N Parallel, N, B+N series)
CTS 500k Vol & Tone Pots
0.022 uF Tone Capacitor
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder Set
Fretwork and setup by myself

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swarfrat

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Go ahead and close the entries now. Easier on everyone that way
 

BlueTalon

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swarfrat said:
Go ahead and close the entries now. Easier on everyone that way
That's what I thought last month.  I turned out to be very very wrong.


But yeah, that first entry for this month is absolutely stunning.
 

bagman67

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And this is why we don't just call it a day when the first one down the chute is as beautiful as aguyinaustintx's axe... along comes BigSteve22 to make it a plausible contest.
 

Dano

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aguyinaustintx, are you planning on showing that off on a stage on 6th street or at an art gallery?  Either or both would be appropriate.  Beautiful work!  This is what inspires us to keep building. 

BigSteve22, Yours is sweet as well!
 

Verne Bunsen

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Yowza, what a couple of beauties!

As an aside, I have a glass-topped desk very similar to the one in the picture from the guy in Austin, second thing I thought (after "WOW!") was "I wonder how long it took to get all the fingerprints and smudges off for the pictures". That's some clean glass! I'm going to go out on a limb and say there's no toddlers or dogs around.... (edit for clarification: no snark was intended there; striking pictures of a striking guitar, and a remarkably clean glass surface!  :icon_biggrin:)
 

rgand

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Two beautiful ones already. One even has a special story.  :icon_thumright: :icon_thumright:
 

aguyinaustintx

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Dano said:
aguyinaustintx, are you planning on showing that off on a stage on 6th street or at an art gallery?  Either or both would be appropriate.  Beautiful work!  This is what inspires us to keep building. 

BigSteve22, Yours is sweet as well!

-VB- said:
Yowza, what a couple of beauties!

As an aside, I have a glass-topped desk very similar to the one in the picture from the guy in Austin, second thing I thought (after "WOW!") was "I wonder how long it took to get all the fingerprints and smudges off for the pictures". That's some clean glass! I'm going to go out on a limb and say there's no toddlers or dogs around.... (edit for clarification: no snark was intended there; striking pictures of a striking guitar, and a remarkably clean glass surface!  :icon_biggrin:)

All, Thanks for the compliments!

Dano, The guitar will appear on stages in Boston. It's for my son, starting at Berklee College of Music this fall.

-VB-, Right-o, no toddlers or pets!

In case anyone is interested, here's the "Work In Progress" post, mostly on the trials and tribulations of building without having a control cavity cover:

https://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=30457.0
 

BigSteve22

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All I can say is,
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Any way, If you're interested, here's a link to my CasinoCaster build thread:
https://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=30946.0
Lots more pix, and info.....
 

Dano

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@aguyinaustintx,  I did check out your build thread and it tells a very cool story!  Lots of good input from fellow forum members!  Great solutions to the pot and switch height issues. 

So glad you were able to make the knobs and pickup covers come to fruition as envisioned.  The figure lines in the pickup covers matching the Pau Ferro fretboard patterns are a real nice touch.  You certainly paid attention to every detail in this build and it shows big time!  As I said before, Inspirational!

I have not bothered to post build threads in the past, but having reviewed yours and some others, they almost all have some lessons learned in them that will be helpful to all.  I will try to post my builds in the future.

Want to see the value of a build thread, and how much help other forum members can be in collaborating with the builder to help solve problems and / or encourage the builder through trails and tribulations of the process?  Take a look at the build thread of Rgand with his August 2018 GOM and 2018
Guitar of the Year!  I know in this case I am pretty late to the party, but still very impressed!

https://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=28666.0

Again "aguyinaustintx", great job and beautiful outcome!
 

aguyinaustintx

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Dano said:
@aguyinaustintx,  I did check out your build thread and it tells a very cool story!  Lots of good input from fellow forum members!  Great solutions to the pot and switch height issues. 

So glad you were able to make the knobs and pickup covers come to fruition as envisioned.  The figure lines in the pickup covers matching the Pau Ferro fretboard patterns are a real nice touch.  You certainly paid attention to every detail in this build and it shows big time!  As I said before, Inspirational!

I have not bothered to post build threads in the past, but having reviewed yours and some others, they almost all have some lessons learned in them that will be helpful to all.  I will try to post my builds in the future.

Want to see the value of a build thread, and how much help other forum members can be in collaborating with the builder to help solve problems and / or encourage the builder through trails and tribulations of the process?  Take a look at the build thread of Rgand with his August 2018 GOM and 2018
Guitar of the Year!  I know in this case I am pretty late to the party, but still very impressed!

https://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=28666.0

Again "aguyinaustintx", great job and beautiful outcome!

Thanks, Dano! I sure learned a lot from the posts on Unofficial Warmoth. It might not be apparent, but a lot of that knowledge was incorporated into the build.

David King (dknob.com) made the pickup covers, knobs, and TRC. He normally runs the grain of the covers 90 degrees to the neck for added strength, but he accommodated my request to run them with the neck grain. He matched the pau ferro board for this project. I thought about leaving them unfinished, but decided to finish them myself using spray can poly.

Speaking of stories, please read the story behind BigSteve22's guitar,  "Amy". A beautiful guitar and a lovely story.

https://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=30946.0
 

Dano

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BigSteve22, I checked out your build thread and Man, how nice!  What a beautiful guitar and what a sweet story.  I lost my mom last February and all I did was plant a tree in her name.  It was a very nice thing that you did and you will remember her and your grandmother each time you pick her up.  Nothing against John Lennon, but anyone who sees the guitar and hears the story will appreciate this a lot more. 

I really like the decal on the headstock and the pick guard is killer as well.  Everything came together fantastically well and is a really nice guitar. 

Also glad to hear there does exist a case that fits a Mooncaster so well.  Thanks for putting that out there.

Good luck to you and everyone entered in the contest this month.  They are all fine specimens!
 
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