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Customize Your Guitar! New style for crap guitars.

Got a ragged out guitar that still plays but looks awefull? Then this instructable is for you! I will show you how to quickly, easily, and cheaply customize your beat up old guitar. The examples I'm showing are more girly versions but you could easily alter the outcome and personalize yours in any way you want.
 
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Step 2: To Begin...

Wash the guitar to remove any grit and grime. Loosen the strings and remove them and then remove the hardware by unscrewing the 4 tiny screws under each hardware set. (you will not touch the 3 larger screws as these are for tightening loose and rattling hardware) Be sure to save all the screws and hardware pieces to put them back onto your guitar, although now is a perfect opportunity to replace the hardware. If you find yourself having to tune and retune your guitar it could be because the hardware is worn out. New hardware is relatively inexpensive and can give your guitar a nice new look as well.
MegaMaker3 years ago
If you want a nice looking instrument, but don't wanna screw something up that sounds good, I'd reccomend doing this to a Guitar Hero instrument. Just a thought.
Bonjean3 years ago
Here is one I did as a birthday present for my godchild
its an old 2/3rd classical guitar I picked up at a fleamarket
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ms.moth3 years ago
wow- cool! I've just finished re-vamping my guitar but i wish i had seen this first, the stamps are beautiful! I need to have a go of this.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Re-vamping-My-Guitar/?ALLSTEPS
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plpicher4 years ago
''you can hear all your friends brag about how cool it is.'' yes, but it will destroy the sound. of course those days, look is more important... please, do that on a cheap guitar.
Vintiquities (author)  plpicher4 years ago
I would NEVER do this to a nice guitar. The purple one was done on a cheap "First Act" brand guitar that had seen it's better days, honestly on that cheap a guitar you can't tell the difference in sound quality after this mod, plus it was made for a 12 year old, and sound quality wasn't a top issue, she's just learning fingering. The blue and brown one was done an a guitar bought at a yard sale for $5, had a busted back and all kind of peeling and scratches, we glued the back together and played with paint on the front. It 'works" now, wouldn't play a concert with it, it's just an old beater, but fun to play and that's what this mod is all about. Thanks for commenting, hope you have an awesome day!
nnneeesss4 years ago
This is nicely doe I made some costume designs on my guitar too but I used permanent marker but I think you can also use oil paint too :D
Vintiquities (author) 4 years ago
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people here are just very right-to-facts. Everything they've said has had a good pont. I liked seeing your stamping... I'm revamping a guitar I have at the moment, this is neat for ideas.
Vintiquities (author)  shyamiko4 years ago
Thanks for the support. I was a little down the other day. Would love to see your guitar when you get it done.
I'll make sure to put up a picture! Seeing designs like these give me ideas. I've been going back and forth on what pattern I want to do for a while.
russm3134 years ago
I think this is a great instructable. Very well made, with great pictures and details. I have a beater guitar I picked up from a pawn shop for 25 bucks... looks like this might be in its future. I appreciate the effort this took to publish. Even though I have an entry in this contest, you still get my vote! Thanks!
Vintiquities (author)  russm3134 years ago
I had already voted for yours because it's just plain cool and I grew up on Nintendo. I expect you to win grand prize. That is one sweet instructable. I would love to see your guitar when you get it done. I've got to do one for my son next (no swirls allowed, LOL) Still trying to decide what to put on his... My guitar was bought at a yard sale for $5 (it had a little issue on the back that needed wood filler) and my daughters was from freecycle.org so they were perfect for "playing" with once you get past the taboo feeling of painting on it.
I, personally, don't like it much, but in all consideration it is a well done instructable, the idea is common but the execution is pretty easy and do-able for a nice result. It helps along and gives good details. Good luck.

also, you might wanna change the 'ur' to 'your', but it doesn't really make a difference i guess.'
21GeeOff214 years ago
cool but taking all of the strings off a steel string guitar at once can cause necks warping. just a warning. though i wouldnt be too concerned about it
Vintiquities (author)  21GeeOff214 years ago
I've done this to several guitars and never had a problem with it. But I usually get the strings back on pretty quickly. Thanks though for the comment. Have a great day!
yeah ive done it before and know a bunch of people who have too to change strings and had no problems but i used to have a guitar teacher who did actually ruin his guitar when he took all of the strings off. my guess is he also put the guitar through a crazy humidity change when he had the strings off too and thats probably what killed it
ItsTheHobbs4 years ago
It would be a good idea not to beg for votes in the title...
Vintiquities (author)  ItsTheHobbs4 years ago
Wasn't begging for votes, just letting friends know they could vote for it, and wich one it was. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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