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Reader Guitar of the Month

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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Banjolin

October 1, 2018
A roots musician converted a busted-up violin body into a unique picking machine.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Jade

September 3, 2018
A PG fan designs a killer 5-way circuit for all his tonal needs.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Put Some Skank on It

July 23, 2018
A guitarist wanted a Les Paul Jr., so he made his own version out of cherry wood from a handbuilt family heirloom.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Squier Strat “63”

June 25, 2018
A reader teaches himself how to build his own version of his birth-year guitar.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The One That Got Away

May 31, 2018
After a decade of dreaming of a special blue Les Paul, a guitarist’s wife brings it home.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Sundial Fender Stratocaster

May 2, 2018
A reader enlists a young artist to help refinish his guitar with a custom paint job that tells a story.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Vox-Style Teardrop

April 26, 2018
A guitarist channels the musical mojo of his late bandmate with this Brian Jones-inspired axe.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Gayle Snoopy

March 23, 2018
After finding an old drawing in the attic, a North Carolina luthier builds the dream guitar designed by his teenage self.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Vox Phantom XII

January 19, 2018
A PG fan refurbishes a prized but climate-damaged 12-string he’s owned for more than 50 years.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Tel-Xploder

December 24, 2017
An experienced builder teamed with a luthier friend to build a unique Tele-Explorer, yielding this magical rock machine.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Warmoth Partscaster Revival

November 20, 2017
While in high school, this player built his own S-style, but then the wiring failed. Four years later, he revisited his build and fixed it.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Mule

October 24, 2017
A versatile workhorse guitar with gritty tone and the capability for swapping electronics.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Go Big or Go Home

October 5, 2017
A Texas engineer made his dream Strat-style guitar from scratch—and he didn’t take the easy route.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Parquet Paul

September 4, 2017
A woodworker shares his favorite build: a neck-through Les Paul copy constructed of Honduran mahogany, purpleheart, and walnut.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Magicaster

July 24, 2017
A Chicago bluesman and builder applies Gibson sensibilities, DiMarzio prototypes, and a shorter scale to make his dream Strat-style guitar.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Stripped SG Special

July 10, 2017
A Virginia guitar tweaker strips down and tricks out a late-model SG.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Gilded Tobacco Burst Les Paul

May 21, 2017
An artist uses his college training to design an LP-style axe wrapped in stunning gold leaf.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Fool

March 31, 2017
A Cream fan in Belgium pays tribute to Clapton with a psychedelic SG.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Dream Double-Neck

March 23, 2017
It took this reader and part-time builder 13 years to complete his masterpiece.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Jim Mouradian-Built Frankenstrat

February 13, 2017
A Boston acid-blues guitarist celebrates a Strat with 15 switchable voicings—the work of a beloved luthier who recently passed away.
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