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Make a cheap guitar more exciting with custom graphics.
 
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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.
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awesome idea! Ilove the look. Also, Sweet Bass. Where did you get it?
ha! im at the top now!
You on top of me!
Metal4God7 years ago
y use paint just print a picture with sticker-paper and cut it out and stick on the guitar
m00n3r (author)  Metal4God7 years ago
it's not paint. it's a clear acrylic coating.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
and btw never ever EVER put your bass/guitar on the floo whatif someone was walking by and stepped on the neck your out of a couple hundred bucks
I don't think he left it there. lol
yws BUT he Put it there and what if when he took the picture someone stepped on IT
like wtf?? - hes aloud to put it on the floor to take a pic, i dont think some clumsy clod will STEP on it when its only been there TEN SECONDS
depends on the camera what if he has an old camera and it has a long shutter delay and it take 30 seconds like my camera and someone steps on it
Well then he's screwed. Are you Happy?
yep
Are you familiar with the strength of a bass guitar neck and the effect of the padding as provided by the carpet? I am not a small guy but I could stand on it with both feet and it wouldn't break. I wouldn't of course unless it was a crappy one and even then i would hesitate. My point is that bass necks are very strong. They have to hold much higher tension than guitar necks because of the string girth. There is a metal truss rod running down the inside of the neck in almost every one.
long line of comments huh :P
And it just got longer. lol
Starting with you bothering someone to say "WELL IF SOME1 STEPPS ON IT IT WILL BREAK LOL"
wich wont happen, at all..
lol, this is quite pointless.
yup
most definitely
very sure it is :P
keep it going though! also, why ships??
ships have sails! (well... sometimes they do.. a bit..)
Not all ships have sails. Plus, only ships drop depth charges, unless helicopters started doing that as well.
yeah man longest reply chain right here... CAN IT GET ANY LONGER?
oh yes it can.... yes it can...
see!
world record?
LONGER
AND LONGER
AND LONGER
COULD IT GET ANNNNYYYY LONNNGERR
spam doesnt count D:
Wow i think this is the longest comment chain i've ever seen, and also over the stupidest topic. =/ Have fun :D
I believe this is a fatal flaw of the comment system. Soon the chain will condense into atoms and then instructables will implode. xD
lol stupidest topic
We're about three comments away from ripping open a hole in the space time continuum. Keep up the good work, everybody!
two now :D oh yeah, happy new year!
i knew it woul happen in 2008!! one more happy new year!
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