September 2019 Guitar of the Month Submissions


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We are now announcing the September 2019 Guitar of the Month contest!  September's contest will be "owner/non-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, 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 September's submission thread.

Submissions will be accepted from now until exactly 7 days from now (please check this post's date and time), 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. Links will not be included in the entry descriptions.

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

Include your UnOfficialWarmoth Forum user name.

Owner or other non-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 Rgand


Construction – Warmoth Modern
Wood – Roasted maple/roasted maple, unfinished
Scale – 25-1/2”
Nut – Black GraphTech TUSQ
Nut width – 1-11/16”
Frets – SS6150 frets
Profile – Standard Thin
Mounting - Steel threaded inserts with Stainless Steel machine screws
Tuners – Hipshot Staggered Grip-Lock, Black buttons
Headstock Shape – Original
Neck plate – Custom by Doug Shepard

Wood – Figured Mahogany, from Bagman67
Shape – Original
Weight – 4lbs 9 oz
Finish – Wudtone Cherry Flamenco w/StewMac blue dye added & Minwax Gloss Wipe-On Poly
Bridge – Trem King TKS-2
Strap Locks – Schaller S-Locks
Pickguard – 1 Ply Gloss black

Pickups – Bill Lawrence (Wilde) Bridge: L290TL, Neck: L500C
Controls – 1 Vol, 1 Tone w/.033 cap
Pots – B500K
Knobs – Chrome Witch Hat with O-rings
Pickup Selector – 3-way Toggle

ABS molded Strat/Tele style case – 'Roadhouse' was designed to fit this size case



Guitar #2 Wreckless The Clown

Warmoth swamp ash body swirl dipped by me.
Fender American tremolo system.
Seymour Duncan Lil Screaming Demon (bridge), Duckbucker (middle), and Little 59er (neck) pickups.
CTS pots.
Orange Sprague capacitor.
Cloth push back wiring.
Fender custom shop gold anodized pickguard.
Warmoth roasted maple neck, wizard profile, Dunlop 6100 frets, and locking tuners.



Guitar #3 Dano

Guitar - "Just for Justin"


Telecaster Style Body by Holy Grail Guitars.
Flame Maple, Top and Back, on Mahogany
Right Handed.
Single Coil pickup rout in neck and bridge position.
No comfort contours in any position.
Top Control Rout.

Colored with Colortone black and blue dye.

Finished with Colortone Sanding Sealer and Nitrocellulose Lacquer.

Warmoth Neck:

Style: Telecaster®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Flame Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Flame Maple
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6150 (Stainless)
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 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 - Earvana Nut
Inlays: Black Face Dots
Side Dots: Black Side Dots
Finish: No Finish

Hardware and Electronics:

Gotoh Telecaster Bridge, Black
Grover 505BC6 Mini Roto-Grip Inline 18:1 Locking Tuners
Seymour Duncan Hot Rails for Telecaster
500k CTS Volume and Tone Pots
0.022 uF Russian PIO Tone Cap

The waterslide decals were made using an 8 ½" x 11" sheet of waterslide decal material purchased off eBay.  I printed them on an inkjet printer.  I sprayed the top of the printed decal with Nitrocellulose Lacquer to keep the ink from running when immersed in water.  I attached the waterslide decal and then sprayed several coats of lacquer over the decal.  I let it cure and then wet sanded until flush.



Guitar #4 Shadowhand

This is Kalani, a Warmoth koa top/ swamp ash body with walnut pickguard, 25 yr old Warmoth brazilian rosewood neck / ziricote board.
Seymour Duncan Custom 5 & SH-2 Jazz pickups
3 coats of nitro, burst edge matches back
Airplane toggle wiring is basic Gibson-style 3-way



Rgand gets things rolling! Good luck everybody else!

Just kidding, get your entries in!
It wouldn't have happened without that spectacular piece of mahogany you had, Ian. Thanks for letting me know about it.

For those interested, here's the build thread.

Looking forward to more entries. I've seen some spectacular builds recently.
Nice!  I don't believe we've ever had a swirled entrant.  This is some variety I can support!

We have got some serious swirl going this month.  Looks like a great start to another great month!  Best of luck to all!
I could not possibly build a guitar for my grandson without showing it off to the forum! 

My first attempt at dyeing and finishing with something other than Tru-Oil. 

I almost hung it up at one point, but it all turned out OK.  Lots of fun, in retrospect!

More pics and info on the build if you are interested...

That swirl is awesome but something's been bugging me I coudln't put my finger on. It think it needs a mirror pickguard! It's like the only guitar I've ever seen that needed one.