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    December GOTM

    December Guitar of the Month (for Guitars and Basses finished in November)

    Enter your finished guitar or bass here to be judged for the Pit Bull Guitars December Guitar of the Month.

    Please remember:

    For Guitars or Basses finished on (or before) the end of November.

    One guitar/bass per member per month.
    It must be a Pit Bull Guitars kit (mods and upgrades acceptable).
    Guitar or Bass must be finished and playable.

    We need at least 4 photos:
    full guitar shot from the front;
    close up of the body finish;
    shot of the back of the guitar; and
    close up of the headstock (please, no brand name logos)


    Please post your photos in this thread. If you are having issues posting photos on the forum, please email them to brendan (at) pitbullguitars (dot) com

    Please note: This competition is open to amateur guitar builders only. If you are making and selling guitars for profit, you are ineligible. Also while there are some stunning guitars around - you never know what the judges are looking for, so we encourage anyone who's built a Pitbull during the month to enter!

    Competition for December closes at the end of November (Perth Western Australian time).

    The sorts of things we judge on include:
    How well have the body and neck been prepared
    Is the choice of finish for the style of guitar appropriate
    How well has the finish been applied
    How well has all the hardware, pickups, etc, been installed
    Does it have the 'Wow Factor' Which guitar would you make a beeline for in a guitar shop. That is, which one would you most like to take home.

    BTW - remember that the winner is invited to be a guest judge the following month!

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    My ES-1F almost standard

    The intention of this project was to build another classic style guitar which leads to some research on the history, what it played and who played it. The Gibson ES style has been very active in the Rock and Roll era I found.

    I decided to build a stock guitar out of the box kit and then upgrade it if I think I can do it justice. I did add Grover Vintage tuners and bone nut.

    Finish is Black ColorTone and TruOil. (70 coats if you include the stuffups)

    I guitar had a few issues during the build (all my fault) except for glue problem. But these were overcome more by good luck than good management. Details are in my build diary in the link in the signature block below.

    The guitar assembled well, all fittings in the right spots, set up, tuned and intonated well. It sounds great.

    I upgraded my LP1-MQ with Tonerider Classic Blues some time ago so I will be doing a lot of comparing shortly.

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    Guitars:
    PBG#3- - ES-1F - In Progress
    PBG#2- - STA-1 Ash w black upgrades GOTM June 2020
    PBG#1- LP-1MQ http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6378
    Acoustic -Washburn WD18SW
    Electric - Magnum pseudo Stratocaster - upgraded with PitBull bits - 2020

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    My ES-1F almost standard - more photos

    A couple of extra photos for info

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    Last edited by GregLane; 18-11-2020 at 12:01 PM.
    Guitars:
    PBG#3- - ES-1F - In Progress
    PBG#2- - STA-1 Ash w black upgrades GOTM June 2020
    PBG#1- LP-1MQ http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6378
    Acoustic -Washburn WD18SW
    Electric - Magnum pseudo Stratocaster - upgraded with PitBull bits - 2020

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    That's a great-looking instrument, Greg. Well done.
    What Did You Play Today? ~PJS~

    Build #1) KH-1 - November 2019 GOTM

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    Gtl-1

    I started with a mock build, checking various alignments and drilling the necessary holes for the hardware. Then I sanded, raised the grain, then sanded again. Next I straightened the neck and leveled/crowned/polished the frets. After all the chores were done, I was quite happy to move onto the fun part!

    For the finish I started with some West Systems epoxy stained with black aniline dye to pore-fill and highlight the natural grain, then sanded back to a level finish. Next I stained the body and neck with a basic brown spirit-soluble aniline dye. After many coats of French polish, the surface was buffed to a mirror finish. Then I drilled out the existing fretboard side dots and installed bronze side dots, so it would show up clearer against the brown fretboard. The top is an embossed alligator leather secured with epoxy adhesive and bronze studs.

    The hardware is stock with a few exceptions. The pickguard I cut from a sheet of aluminium. The knobs are fashioned from used shotgun shells. The tuners are Grover mini locking tuners. I oxidized the metal hardware to complement the leather top. The electronics are stock - these are perfectly good!

    Thanks again PBG and Adam for a fun build.

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    Gtl-1

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    Wow, that's a different approach! Nicely done.
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
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