Hi Gang, it's well into the Summer of 2021 and this is usually the time of year where we get together and plan for the upcoming Winter Build Off. If you have followed the build offs since the inaugural edition in 2017, you'll notice that I'm not @Scoops I'm going to go into some history and ways we can address that in the next post below, but for now, let's talk Build Off! Event: Winter Build Off 2022 Dates: 1600h PST (UTC -8) Tuesday, December 21, 2021 to 1600h PST (UTC -8) Sunday, March 20, 2022 Theme: Renewal/Rebirth For this year's Build Off, I'm suggesting we use the theme of Renewal/Rebirth. The past year and a quarter has had a profound impact on the entirety of humanity. Many of us have been through a great many trials and have experienced challenges we never could have predicted would happen in our lifetimes. Many have not made it through. Those that have, are arguably forever changed by the events that we all shared. In addition, the Build Off itself experienced some challenges with it's last go 'round. This upcoming Build Off is an opportunity to renew again! Much like the Special Edition Spring Fling Build Off in 2020, this Build Off is open to all comers and divided into three categories: Scratch Build - body and neck newly built from scratch. Partial Build - body or neck newly built from scratch (contains some scratch built parts and pieces but may also contain pre-built body or neck from manufacturers) Assembly Build - all components are off the shelf or customized pieces AMENDMENT: Exhibition Build This newly-added category is a non-voting entrant category for anyone wishing to participate in the build off, but whose builds would be excluded from the regular Build Off categories or as per the rules. For example: guitar builds, other non-bass instrument builds, bass-related builds that do not have fat strings (as per the 0.084" minimum lowest string thickness rule), etc. The point of this early post is to give everyone time to prepare for the start of the build on December 21. Everyone may prepare and gather parts/pieces, scratch builders may begin dimensioning their lumber in preparation for the build. RULES: All entrants must declare their entry after the Build Off is officially started on December 21, by posting a build thread in which to showcase their build. Each build thread must start with a "pile of wood/parts" pic. The pic must include a written phrase that will be announced in the Build Off start thread on Dec 21. Multiple entries in the same or different categories is permitted (and encouraged! ) Entrants can enter anytime before the build off end date (in other words, late entries are permitted). Entrants must indicate in their build thread, which type of build they are doing. Minimum diameter for lowest pitch string is 0.084". This is a bass website after all. Scratch Builds must be built from scratch from dimensioned lumber. Dimensioned lumber includes: Billets, 1-pce neck blanks, matched tops, stringers, thin laminates, veneers, fingerboards, pre-slotted/radiused fretboards, etc. Scratch builds must not have any components glued up or cut out prior to the start. Built components must have their build process pictorially included in the entry thread. Partial Builds must identify all components used and explain what is built and what is bought. All built parts must have their build process pictorially included in the entry thread. Assembly Builds must identify all components used. All modified parts used must have their modification process pictorially included in the entry thread. Any questions may be posted here or PM me. Please feel free to discuss the build off here, there will be a separate announcement thread on December 21 - that will officially start the build off. Happy planning!