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Congratulations to Darren, for winning Guitar of the Month for September 2010! It's not every day that one of our own members builds his own guitar from raw wood and parts, but that's exactly what Darren did.



































Quick specs:

  • Body: 1-piece curly walnut
  • Neck: 3-piece east Indian rosewood; scarf-jointed rosewood headstock (11° tilt)
  • Fretboard: east Indian rosewood, 27" scale; 24 medium-tall frets; 16" radius
  • Bridge: ABM Wilkinson-style fixed
  • Tuners: Sperzel Trim-Lok
  • Nut: Earvana Compensated Tuning System 48 mm shelf nut
  • Truss Rod: Stewart-MacDonald Hot Rod dual-expanding, wheel style, adjustment at heel
  • Neck Attachment: Connector bolts into threaded T-nuts under fretboard
  • Pickups: Nordstrand Custom
  • Electronics: Free-Way 6-way toggle; master volume; master tone; Neutrik locking output jack
  • Strap Locks: Schaller
  • Strings: Elixir, 10-56
  • Inlay: No face dots; side dots are Luminlay 3 mm luminescent dots
  • Finish: Hand-rubbed polymerized tung oil (body) and lemon oil (neck)

:darren:
 

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I got to play this, but it didn't have any strings on it yet :(


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I got to play this, but it didn't have any strings on it yet :(
This. I need to remedy that.

Congrats Darren!
 

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Wirelessly posted (A Destroyer of short people: Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4B1 Safari/419.3)

Mouth watering..
 

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Very beautiful guitar!

Love all the curves and love the curly walnut.

Well done and well deserved :yesway:
 

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That's a sick guitar! Well, deserved. I didn't know he built it himself when I voted, that makes it even more awesome! Congratz!
 

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That is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous woods, great decisions throughout as well. A beautiful, beautiful work of art.
 

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Having just played this guitar today (er...yesterday), I can say it's absolutely one hell of an instrument. The 6-way switching was strange at first, but was already growing on me a bit in the short time I played it. The neck carve is absolutely one of a kind (so far ;) ) and really feels incredible. The gradual change in shape as you go up the neck feels surprisingly natural, and just made me want to spend more time on those higher frets. The Nordstrand pickups sounded really good, though the bridge pickup wasn't something I'd personally use, it does what it does quite well :lol: Now I want a guitar with a rosewood neck :(
 
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