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Thread: January 2018 GOTM

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    January 2018 GOTM

    January Guitar of the Month (for Guitars and Basses finished in December 2017)

    Enter your finished guitar or bass here to be judged for the Pit Bull Guitars January 2018 Guitar of the Month.

    Please remember:

    For Guitars or Basses finished on (or before) the end of December 2017

    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 January closes at the end of December 2017 (Perth Western Australian time).

    The sorts of things we judge on include:
    How well has 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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    I'll kick things off with the Rellicaster. Very straight forward build resulting in a nice tidy guitar that is a lot of fun to play and sounds really distinctive. Only upgrades are Grover locking tuners. Painted in automotive acrylic. Minor mods to the bridge route for both intonation and appearance.

    Lots more pics and process in the build diary.














    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster TL-1ish
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass YB-4
    Build 6 - The Howling Gowing ST-1

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"


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    nice one Sonic good start to the new month ! Love the shade of blue and maple neck work really well
    Current Builds and status
    scratch end grain pine tele - first clear coat on !
    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

    Completed builds
    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    and hot ( and humid) off the presses, finished this morning, the Bird! (it's the word ya know)
    Kustom RD ordered by someone else and the factory used the wrong veneer.
    Stained in walnut FW stain, top coated in auto acrylic clear. I didn't get it completely flat if I had more clear and it wasn't so hot and humid I may have kept going with more coats and filled the couple of deep grain divots in the top. On the back the grain is just noticeable enough to let you know its wood. Kinda suits the walnut I think.
    The kit had 2 pot holes a 3 way switch hole plus a jack socket in the edge. I filled the jack socket with a peice of meranti and moved the jack to the top. The kit came with no hardware or covers, the switch housing cavity was longer than usual so I made up a cover from brass plate and used an off cut to make the truss rod cover. Tuners are open back Wilkinsons, not exactly fine ratio but the Shcaller bridge has finer tuners. Roller bridge is a Wilkinson as well. Pick up is a GFS Dearmond Dynasonic style single coil. It sounds like a cross between a P90 and a Fender Jazzmaster. I used 250K CTS pots a gold Switchcraft jack socket and a .022 Vitamin "T" capacitor as there was heaps of room in the cavity. Gold knobs from Ebay :P I was amazed to find the intonation required very very little adjustment, it's now strung with 10 to 46 Slinky's.

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    Build 17 WL-1 Kustom
    Build 16 TL-1TB Kustom
    Build 15 PBG-2- Finished
    Build 14 FTD-1Finished
    Build 13 RD-1 Kustom
    Build 12 DM-1S Finished
    Build 11 MKA-2 - finished
    Build 10 Basic strat finished
    Build 9 JM Kustom finished
    Build 8 FV-1G finished
    Build 7 ES-2V finished
    Build 6- Community prototype 4 finished ( 3 times!)
    Build 5 LP-1LQ finished
    Build 4 ES-5V finished
    Build 3 JR-1 finished
    Build 2 GD-1 finished
    Build 1 TLA-1 finished

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    Mentor Sonic Mountain's Avatar
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    Nice one, the brass looks great on the walnut colour.
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster TL-1ish
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass YB-4
    Build 6 - The Howling Gowing ST-1

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

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    well done Deddy you are pumping out the axes ! Nice colour and hardware go well. Looks like another tough month to judge already !

    Is the TRC and control cover brass ?
    Current Builds and status
    scratch end grain pine tele - first clear coat on !
    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

    Completed builds
    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    yes Wokka 2mm plate brass.
    Last build for a bit, too hot plus saving for my trip in April
    Build 17 WL-1 Kustom
    Build 16 TL-1TB Kustom
    Build 15 PBG-2- Finished
    Build 14 FTD-1Finished
    Build 13 RD-1 Kustom
    Build 12 DM-1S Finished
    Build 11 MKA-2 - finished
    Build 10 Basic strat finished
    Build 9 JM Kustom finished
    Build 8 FV-1G finished
    Build 7 ES-2V finished
    Build 6- Community prototype 4 finished ( 3 times!)
    Build 5 LP-1LQ finished
    Build 4 ES-5V finished
    Build 3 JR-1 finished
    Build 2 GD-1 finished
    Build 1 TLA-1 finished

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    Hi all.

    Playing my LP-1SSP now. Sounds great

    Finished in Dingotone Outback Sunset, only upgrade was to Grover tuners. All cavities Copper lined. Finish is not perfect but I suspect the weather may be playing around with the top coat a bit. I will give it another going over in a month or so.

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    looks great Buzzard but no headstock shaping ? Doesn't take much effort to put you own shape on the top of the headstock
    Current Builds and status
    scratch end grain pine tele - first clear coat on !
    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

    Completed builds
    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    Thanks,

    To be honest, I just didn't have the heart to chew up the spalting.

    Others I have built, I have shaped the head. I've even got an oscillating drum sander to do it with

    I just didn't mind the stock shape.
    Last edited by Buzzard; 10-12-2017 at 09:16 AM.

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