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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.

Step 1: Supplies needed...

Picture of Supplies needed...
Here is a list of things you will need for this instructable...

1. Beat up, ragged out, kicked around, scratched, dented, and sorry guitar
2. Krylon outdoor spray paint
3. Sand paper, around 120 grit
4. 1 roll masking tape
5. StaZ-On Stamp pad (found at craft and hobby stores, i.e. Hobby Lobby)
6. Rubber Stamps or cut your own out of fun foam (found at craft stores)
7. Rub-Ons (found in the scrapbooking area of craft stores)
8. Rhinestones (I used Swarovski Crystal rhinestones)
Bonjean4 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
Vintiquities (author)  Bonjean8 months ago

Good job, Very cute!

NFMZ111 months ago

Oh it will ruin the guitar... I bet everyone says that who makes a Frankenstrat like Eddie who ruined his guitar. Oh that explains why they sell for 25,000 each. I think it's fine it's no different than having a beating up guitar resurfaced which I have had done. Along with neck work, bridge and nut replacement etc. Looks great and i am sure plays no different.

MegaMaker4 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.
ms.moth5 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.

guitar before and after2.jpg
plpicher5 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)  plpicher5 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!
nnneeesss5 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
russm3135 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)  russm3135 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.'
21GeeOff215 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)  21GeeOff215 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
ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
It would be a good idea not to beg for votes in the title...
Vintiquities (author)  ItsTheHobbs5 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.