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    August GOTM

    August Guitar of the Month (for Guitars and Basses finished in July)

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

    Please remember:

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

    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 closes at the end of July (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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    First Cab of the Rank this Month, was actually ready Sunday, but didn't have time to upload. So here we go.

    HT Strat
    Grover Locking Tuners
    Bone Nut
    Upgraded Bridge to support String Through - Really happy how that turned out as no drill press, all hand and eye.
    Benson Custom Kenny Wayne Sheppard pickups
    Nitro Sunburst Finish Body, Tru Oil Neck
    CTS ports and Orange Drop Cap

    Thanks to Sonic for the Erina Creek Guitars logo.

    Ready for final assembly.
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    Last edited by Rossc0; 02-07-2019 at 08:41 AM.
    #1 LP1-SS
    #2 Non PB Vintage Strat Rebuild
    #3 TL1 - Custom
    #4 ES-12G (now converted to ES-1)
    #5 RC4
    #6 STA-1HT
    #7 Non PB 52 Tele replica
    #8 Coming Soon: 1970's Japanese Les Paul Special Resto.

    It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others

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    Back - Interesting neck grain I think, Hadn't seen before.

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    #1 LP1-SS
    #2 Non PB Vintage Strat Rebuild
    #3 TL1 - Custom
    #4 ES-12G (now converted to ES-1)
    #5 RC4
    #6 STA-1HT
    #7 Non PB 52 Tele replica
    #8 Coming Soon: 1970's Japanese Les Paul Special Resto.

    It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others

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    Hello all, here is my JK-1. It took me a while to complete, but finally got there.

    I sealed and primed the body and head in black primer, so I could use fewer coats of black base coat. Then did a Red Marble effect and faded black around the edges and clear coated it. Sanded it back and airbrushed the Spawn character on it. The airbrush took me a total of 20+hours to complete. Once I finished the airbrush, I laid down 3 coats of DNA Custom Clear coat. It was a great clear to use and came up with a nice flat finish on it.

    The flat finish from the DNA clear wasn't enough for me though! So I sanded it back with wet/dry 800, 1500 and 2000 and polished the guitar with 3D polish. I took extra time with polishing the guitar so I could get a top mirror finish. The great thing with thew 3D polish is that it can get rid of some deep scratches if you keep working at it.

    The pick-ups are the stock pick-ups in the kit, but to jazz it up I found some plastic pick-up covers and painted them to match the body.
    After wiring up the guitar, the covers haven't affected the sound! Thank God!

    It did come with chrome hardware, but I wanted to add the Red Neon DR strings to the guitar and felt the chrome was too much. Glad I changed it to Black. it all ties in well!

    Super happy with the end result on this one. Hope you all like what I have done and can't wait to see what others have to show.


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    Hi

    Beautiful finish - I can see the work you put in

    Where did you get the DR Neons from? Would look good on my TL1 project.

    Regards

    David

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    Hi All, took me 2 months, but I have finally finished my fabric top telecaster. The paint job is not perfect, but I know is time to finish it, I can't let my OCD control me. ( I could easily spend another 2 weeks sanding and redo the clear coat.) Anyway still very proud of myself as this is my first build, and was happy is when I play this tele for the first time.

    Modification are as follow:
    1. String through body.
    2. Bone nut.
    3. Belly cut.
    4. Wilkinson Bridge.
    5. Fender noiseless neck pickup.
    6. ToneRider Hot Classics bridge pickup.















    Last edited by Kac; 21-07-2019 at 01:24 AM.

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    Fabulous work Kac! Love that printed tele

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    That's a lovely job!

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    Well there goes my chance again this month :-) Fantastic Job.
    #1 LP1-SS
    #2 Non PB Vintage Strat Rebuild
    #3 TL1 - Custom
    #4 ES-12G (now converted to ES-1)
    #5 RC4
    #6 STA-1HT
    #7 Non PB 52 Tele replica
    #8 Coming Soon: 1970's Japanese Les Paul Special Resto.

    It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others

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    Took a few months to finish the SG. I think I picked a hard project for my first one. However apart from a few pitfalls things went OK.

    The finish was exactly the colour I was after. Feast and watson mahogany stain followed by clear poly coats. A classic dark mahogany colour similar to a SG custom I had many years ago.

    Upgrades were:

    Bone Nut
    Tonerider AC2 pickups
    Gotoh Tunomatic bridge and tail piece
    Grover locking machine heads

    Everything set up, frets levelled and polished and I think it sounds great.

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