a week into looking for a working prop for my Marshall Lee cosplay I decided it couldn't be too hard to make my own. It's a pretty straight forward build.
•liquid nails or wood glue of your choice
Step 1: Prepping the Guitar
I started with a cheap first act guitar. First step is to disassemble the guitar to prep for cutting, sanding, painting, etc. cut off the two sides to give you a rectangle shape. this is the main body that will support the string tension.
Step 2: Patterns
I cut out patterns from poster board just BC that's the largest sheet I had on hand that I could easily draw on and cut out. all of this was free handed so just go with what looks good to you.
Step 3: Sanding
I didn't take pics of this step. but it's pretty straight forward... make it nice and smooth
Step 4: Wood Work.
I cut out my patterns and left tabs at the bottom to give me a spot to glue and screw them to the main body for support. after everything has dried you can start sanding the bevels on the axe.
Step 5: Paint Time
I primed it in a black coat and painted the rest with rattle cans. easy enough..
Step 6: Adding the Electronics
I didn't want to drill out any big holes into the guitar so I just rewired the guitar and glued everything on the back. the knobs on the front are just glued on. they don't work.
Step 7: Skull
I sculpted the skull from air dry clay and painted it with black acrylic paint. I used more poster board to make a box around the tuning knobs so I could take off the skull and change the strings.
Step 8: Finishing It Up
now just screw on the neck and add the strings.
Step 9: Rock Out and Rule Your Vampire Kingdom