Please note: Up to step 5 I have done before I started this Instructable, hope that will clear any confusion regarding pictures.
To start, you must have the following:
- 320 and 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper
- Clear coat or lacquer
- Desired colour of paint (must be spray paint)
- Water and paper towels
- A guitar (duh)
- 6 new guitar strings
- Wood stain (for the neck and stock)
- SOS pads for the chrome parts
My victim of choice is my old Lero les paul copy, passed down to me by my father after he bought it at a yard sale. (Its so nice when people think of you) Its original colour is red, and I want to turn it black. There are many different designs to choose from, to take your time and think of some ideas you might want to do.
Step 1: Taking the Guitar apart
Note: You may have to cut the strings with pliers to get them off, thats why you should have a new set.
After the strings are taken off, unscrew the big screws on the back holding the neck to the guitar. Since I don't know every part of every guitar, you will have to figure this part out for yourself. Once you are left with the body, take the parts holding the pickups off, they are usually attached to it. Then, take off the pickguard, and then carefully take the electronics knobs off by pulling them off. On the electronics there should be some nuts holding them in place, so take them off. Now on the back, take off the covers of the electronics, tape the open holes with painting tape, carefully push them back inside so they are inside the space, and put the cover back on. I do this because I didn't want to snip the wires to take them out, so I put them out of the way instead.
Now, for the pickups, I covered them with a tissue, then taped around it with painters tape. I then put them back in the "hole" were they came from upside down, and they fit in there fine.
When you take apart the guitar, you should get styrafoam cups or containers to put the loose screws and parts inn, so you don't loose them. For reassembling reasons, it would be a good idea if you took a picture of the screws before you took them out of the guitar so you know were they go and what you might be missing.
Another thing you might want to do is see if there's anything you might need to replace, so you don't have to do it later.