October 2013 Guitar of the Month Contest Submissions


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Hello all,

We're now announcing the October, 2013 Guitar of the Month contest!  October's contest will be "Rookies Only" and requires an instrument with at least a Warmoth neck or body to qualify.

Rookie's Only will be defined as a guitar or bass, any finish - owner or pro applied - but must be an instrument that has not been submitted at any time during 2012's or 2013's contest year.

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 posted to this message, which is October's submission thread.

Submissions will be accepted from October 1st until October 7th, so get your cameras clicking!

As usual, all discussion for the submissions can take place below, along with other pictures hosted by the poster.

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

Guitar #1: by jbdomski

Modern Jazz bass:
Body (made from rough lumber and finished by owner):
-Exhibition Birdseye Maple on chambered Northern Ash both from local sawmills
-Rear electronics cavity rout
-"Fireburst" finished with water-based dyes
-Nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck (Warmoth)
-Jazz bass
-Macassar Ebony fingerboard on Flame Maple Neck shaft
-Vintage tint gloss finish

Hardware and Electronics
-Chrome Hipshot "A" style bridge, knobs, and ultralight tuners
-Nordstrand "Big Split" pickups wired passive VVT
-Side mounted electrosocket (tele-style) jack

guitar #2: by Marko

I never submitted this one since I thought it was to kitschy and too bling-y for the GOM, but it is actually a great guitar:

This was my first attempt ever at a DIY Finish! Made this for a friend years ago who wanted an alternative for a floyd rose, since he hated changing strings on them.:
Warmoth Swamp Ash Body
Warmoth flamed maple neck
Mighty Might Motherbuckers
Gotoh Willinson Trem
LSR Roller Nut
Planet Waves Lock/cut tuners
GOLD harware
Woodburst Stain
True Oil Finish on both neck and body

Guitar #3: by wombi8

Dimarzio Ultra J pickup set
Schaller 463, 4 String Bass Bridge, Black

Model: Chambered J Bass®
Orientation: Right handed
F-Holes: None
Scale: 34"
Wood: Quilt Maple on Maple
Rout: Rear Rout
Pickup Rout: J Bass® (Neck, 3 5/8"), , J Bass® (Bridge, 3 3/4")
70s Bridge Pickup Reposition: Yes
Controls: V-V-T-I (JBass)
Bridge: Schaller 463
Jack Rout: 7/8" (22mm) Side Jack Hole
Neck Pocket: Standard Bass Pocket
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Countours: Contoured Heel / Tummy Cut / Forearm Contour
Top Finish: Dragon Burst
Back Finish: Dragon Burst

Style: Warmoth
Construction: Warmoth Pro Angled
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: 3A Birdseye Maple
Fingerboard Wood: 3A Birdseye Maple
Unique Choice: FB890
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6230 (Stainless)
Tuner Ream: Schaller (25/64" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL
Inlays: Black Face Dots
Finish: Clear Gloss   

Guitar #4: by Lush Tone

- Warmoth chambered mahogany strat, quilt maple top
- contoured heel
- recessed TOM/string through rout
- blue dye top with clear back
- custom ebony/bone saddle bridge on tunomatic posts (by Mike Lull)
- Emg HA (neck) and 85
- full electrostatic shielding
- volume/tone/tone, three-way selector
- Dunlop straplocks
- BGP 25" scale conversion neck with a strat heel
- single, two-way truss (stainless)
- quartersawn maple, rosewood board
- fatback profile
- 1 11/16" bone nut
- 12" radius
- 22 stainless 6105 frets
- matching rosewood headstock veneer (cherry on top)
- oil finish
- Gotoh 16:1 tuners
- GraphTech string tree

Guitar #5: by Guitar Tom


• Warmoth 2-piece center-joined Alder Soloist in Charger Green
• Contour Heel
• Top mounted Floyd Rose w/ angled pocket
• Single humbucker
• Single volume and three way mini-switch


• Warmoth 25 ½” standard thin contour maple neck with explorer headstock
• 10-16" compound radius maple fret board with Black Sharkfin inlays
• 1-11/16" (43mm) nut
• 6105 nickel frets
• Finished with 8 coats of tru oil – finish was then waxed to get a super
slick feel


• Schaller Mini Locking black tuners
• Black warmoth neck screws and plate
• Black warmoth truss rod cover with chrome screws
• Black Seymour Duncan TB-5 Custom Trembucker Pickup
• CTS 500 k solid shaft pot with black knob
• Mini toggle (on/on/on) – wired for Series/ Parallel/  Neck side single
• Switchcraft jack
• Upgraded original floyd rose
        FU Tone brass spring claw and screws
        FU Tone heavy duty noiseless brass springs
        FU Tone 37mm brass big block
        FU Tone titanium string blocks
        Stainless steel hardware - fine tuners & string locks
        Shimmed for neck radius (.6 mm shims E &.2 mm shims A/B strings)
• Black Strap buttons with black felt washers

• Guitar was setup with the Floyd, locking tuners, and no locking nut
• D’addario 9-42 strings
• Big Bends nut sauce
• The floyd was angled slightly toward the body
• The parts were purchased through the bay

Guitar #6: by ddbltrbl

Carved Top LP
Scale: 25-1/2"
Wood: Maple on Black Korina
Bridge: TOM
Contoured Heel
Ivoryoid Binding
Finish: Solid Black
Pickups: Matched set of BK Aftermaths
Standard LP wiring
Style: Warmoth
Construction: Warmoth Pro Angled
Neck Wood: Wenge
Fingerboard Wood: Ebony (Macassar)
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6230
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL
No Inlays
Schaller mini locking tuners

Guitar #7: by AndyG


Swamp ash, finished myself with Stewart-MacDonald blue dye and spray-can poly.
Takeuchi T5 bridge


Maple neck, finished myself with satin poly.
Ebony fingerboard
Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
6150 frets
Black TUSQ nut
Gotoh GB7 tuners.


2 x Seymour Duncan MusicMan pickups (ceramic magnet neck, Alnico magnet bridge)
Seymour Duncan STPC3 3-band tone circuit
2 x 3-way mini switch for series/parallel/split.

GOM's note:

Holy Toledo, this month we had many.... and I mean "many" disqualifications.

Reason being - not submitted within the correct time period.  While this seems simple, here's the problem:  There are submission of all sorts showing up in the inbox all the time.  There is literally no way to weed them all out.  As such, we start fresh each month within the submission period.  So, for all you early birds, or late birds from last month.... just mark your schedules, and get things in within the proper time.

Reason being - photos are submitted with strange file formats.  Seems simple, but we're getting raw files from digital cameras, scan files, bitmaps, etc.  We accept jpg and gif, with jpg preferred.

Reason being - your description is in a format that is not plain text.  An attachment of a WordStar file or .doc file or other word processing file are not accepted.  Just a plain old text email is fine.  The forum will not accept your fancy scripts and such, and we folks at the Guitar of the Month will have to try to sort it all out.  Plain text works on the forum, so that's what we accept.

Reason being - your pictures or descriptions is in .Zip or .Rar file type.  Sorry again.  Send .jpg or .gif and send plain text in the body of your email.

Reason being - your photos are embedded in your email, not attachments (we can handle that though, but prefer attachments) and / or they are huge.  Glad you've got a CANON 5DmkIII, but we just cannot deal with those huge .jpgs that are larger than 1024x768.  If you don't have a way to downsample your images, just email them to yourself.  That will usually (not always) downsample images as a matter of default

Reason being - rambling descriptions.  We don't have a hard and fast rule on descriptions.  Normally we'll edit out the guitar name and any introductory or conclusion statements.  However....  informational the stories about your friends and relatives, in the middle of your description of how your walked to work at your summer job, two years in a row in the snow, up hill both ways.... will cause your submission to hit the trash bin.  Please folks... keep it simple?

Reason being - I know its for (whatever criteria) this month, but I missed last month and so I thought you could bend the rules.....  no, just wait till your guitar - which may be a winner! - meets the months criteria again.

Hope that clarifies and covers all the folks who didn't make the submissions this month. 

Except for folks way outside the time frame (which got yanked when we unplugged the drain and emptied the tub of email) everyone got a rejection email (I hope!... sorry if you didn't).

Sorry if this was you.  Really am!  Don't feel bad, just regroup, get the images and descriptions all fixed up, and wait a month or two (or three this time of year) and re-submit.  Help us to serve you with your submission.

Thanks everyone!
Cool category! And I've got yet another ugly green strat that's never seen the light of day... well, in this forum, anyway. It's an el cheapo that's destined to lose, but what the heck.
I am screwing one together today.  It will at least be ready for a photo.....
Updown said:
...... and, just how deep is that closet Cagey ?    :toothy12:

Deep enough to hide Christmas decorations behind the guitars I have cases for...


I'm getting behind in case count, though. I need 3 or 4 more at the moment.
Geez... The Finance Department at my house says I've got too many guitars, and I only have FOUR!!!

Looks like I've got some catching up to do.
I fired the two finance departments I've maintained due to non-compliance.

But, don't look at that pile as some sort of boon. It's taken many years of hardship to amass, and is fiercely protected by my sociopathic friends Smith, Wesson, and Remington.
I won with a black telecaster.  Don't let the fact that there are other guitars similar to yours in the universe keep you out of the competition.  Often your work will be exposed to an appreciative audience that might not otherwise have gotten a look at it.
I submitted my virgin guitar too.  We will likely start seeing them now that we are officially in Oct. 
Nonsense. A pale blue Tele won last month because it was a wonderful thing. Very attractive, well-built, conscientiously equipped... it was the sort of thing that if you looked at it and knew its pedigree, you wanted it, even if it wasn't necessarily your kind of fiddle.

Nothing has changed. The same criteria apply.  A thing of beauty is a glory to behold.