Introduction: DIY Guitar Graphics on the Cheap

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Make a cheap guitar more exciting with custom graphics.

Step 1: Materials

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You'll Need:

Inkjet Printer (using a laser printer will make it look awful)
Hobby Knife
Clear Acrylic Coating (Aerosol)
Self-adhesive labels- any kind will do, as long as there big enough. I just used some I found lying around the house.

Step 2: Printing

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First you'll need to find/make some images to print. I found the sub and the ship on google and made the depthcharges in a 3d program. I recommend doing simple, monochrome shaps, because they're easier to cut and will show up better. I used the "threshold" effect in gimp.

Print them on regular paper first to make they line up right with the labels. After printing, don't peel them off or cut them just yet.

Step 3: Coating/Cutting

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Use the Acrylic Spray to give the labels a more glossy appearance so they blend in better with the guitar. I applied about 5 coats.

Using your hobby or utility knife, carefully trim the labels before you peel them off. (I forgot to take pictures of this part, but it's pretty self-explanatory)

Step 4: Finished

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After the labels have dried and been cut out, make sure there aren't any overly jagged edges and apply them to the guitar. The result is a unique albeit homemade look for your guitar/bass/whatever. It also looks better from a distance and not right up close since they're cut out by hand.

Sure the scale/perspective is all wrong, but i like it anyway.

Comments

splatterpaintballer (author)2008-01-25

awesome idea! Ilove the look. Also, Sweet Bass. Where did you get it?

ha! im at the top now!

Bjarke (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2013-07-12

You on top of me!

Bjarke (author)2013-07-12

Why u no post more comments in 2013?
By the way, does replacing vintage guitar tuners decrease the guitar value? (Like 1930-1960)
Or does adding a pickup decrease the value?

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)2007-12-31

spam is good.

altaria1993 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-01-01

no D:

cry_wolf (author)altaria19932008-01-01

LOL, wow gone one night for a party and this is what i come back to. Happy New Year :D

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)cry_wolf2008-01-01

haha

altaria1993 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-01-02

hehe?

qballcat (author)altaria19932008-01-02

shes GONNA BLOW!!!!!!!!! EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD 4 THEMSELVES HE HE I STARED THIS (IN PART :)

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)qballcat2008-01-07

oh god. dont stoppp...

cry_wolf (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-01-08

My page is stretching to new levels. o.o

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)cry_wolf2008-01-16

last reply was jan 9! god pple! cmon cmon cmon!

cry_wolf (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-01-19

People are still doing this??

nkk07 (author)cry_wolf2008-01-19

fun?

nkk07 (author)nkk072008-01-19

omg its going to cut instructables in half by going too close to the edge with razor sharp words.

mdmoose29 (author)nkk072008-01-19

im going to starbucks... anyone want me to pick them something up?

nkk07 (author)mdmoose292008-01-19

some gunpowder and a explosives lisence pleese

altaria1993 (author)nkk072008-02-23

just the gunpoweder for me will do

cry_wolf (author)altaria19932008-03-07

This is soon going to rip a hole in the instruactables space-time continuum.

altaria1993 (author)cry_wolf2008-03-07

or will it..

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)altaria19932008-03-20

OMG LONGER LONGER FOOLS!

altaria1993 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-03-21

YOU BE THY FOOL, BUT I, I SHALL OVERCOME THIS RECORD!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)altaria19932008-03-22

FOOL!

altaria1993 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-03-23

I PITY THE FOOL!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)altaria19932008-03-23

I DONT..... OK YES I DO.

ghostrider2 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-04-11

ha ha ha. longer

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)ghostrider22008-04-11

and longer

ok this needs to stop now, dear god. this is the longest instructable comment "message board" ever. lmao

no, don't stop. it needs to get longer. the future of mankind depends on it.if we stop, the time-space continuum will tear itself apart and destroy us all. it was written in the bible of the church of the flying spaghetti monster. the future depends on this message board.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)ghostrider22008-05-21

MEAT BALL MEAT BALL SPAGHETTI UNDRNEATH!

this chain has been going on for exactly a year now!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2OO9!!

anuanuanu (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2009-01-02

happy ! lol COME PEOPLE! WE SHALL CONTINUE! THIS IS SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...............M!!!!!!!!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)anuanuanu2009-01-02

exatcly what i was thinking.

J Moneyman (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2009-02-21

STOP THE MALARKEY OR I WILL RAPE YOU WITH A SPOON!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)J Moneyman2009-02-21

:o

ghostrider2 (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2010-06-16

i think somebody might have us beat.

ghostrider2 (author)ghostrider22010-06-16

never mind, i checked, and he only covers 1 page. we cover 3.

compgeek97 (author)ghostrider22011-01-17

2011 says hi to the end of the instructables spacetime continuum

josh1324 (author)compgeek972011-12-31

OH MY FUCKLES THIS IS SMALL

josh1324 (author)josh13242011-12-31

SMALLER!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)ghostrider22008-12-23

longer?

foolish dog! you do not know the poewr of the REPLY button!

Che-huahua (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-05-17

So... what's going on on this end of the time-space continuum...?

Khaos11 (author)Che-huahua2008-05-22

I JUST WANTED TO ADD BEFORE EVERYTHING EXPLODED

Khaos11 (author)Khaos112008-05-22

or imploded

Khaos11 (author)Khaos112008-06-04

one of the two

sonicthechao (author)Khaos112008-10-10

probably both. seriously, this is the longest chain of replies i've ever seen.

Khaos11 (author)sonicthechao2008-10-11

ya lol

Notbob (author)qballcat2008-01-08

weeeeee!

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