The other night I was watching the Evil Dead movies and I half jokingly made a comment about a guitar designed like the necronomicon... The NECRONOMITAR! Well, that got my gears turning. I spent many days contemplating how to do this, and now here it is... the MOST death metal guitar ever!
Check the final step for more ideas I've come up with based on the same materials.
This instructable should not ruin your guitar's sound in any way, shape, or form, but that being said, if you do ruin your guitar don't blame me. I'm not the one modifying your stuff. Also, use your brain, this instructable is for cheapo guitars like Strat knockoffs. If you do this to your guitar make sure its one you don't "need" just in case you mess up.
Step 1: Tools and Materals
Paper or cardboard
Latex mold maker
Wood stain - red mahogoney works best
Glue - optional
Screwdrivers - for disassembling the guitar
Adjustable wrench - for disassembling the guitar
Torch - I used a standard propane torch
Step 2: Disassemble the Guitar
Step 3: Tracing and Caulking
Now we are going to trace the shape of the guitar onto the paper/cardboard. After you have finished tracing it draw another line about 1" out from the first. This line accounts for the thickness of the guitar. The next line will be based of the second line we made. For this line we just want to draw some random bumps going outwards. These will be the parts we fold over the edge of the guitar to tack it in place.
Once all of the lines have been drawn go ahead and empty the whole tube of caulk in side the lines. Then using whatever is around pull the caulking to the outer lines. I used my hands and a shop towel to help give it some shape. Any shape you add now will show up later under the latex in the form of thicker/ thinner parts, adding to the effect.
Let it dry. This can take awhile. I let mine stay over night.
Step 4: Burnification Process
If any part of this instructable is dangerous or could potentially ruin the guitar, this is it! While burning the guitar be sure to KEEP MOVING. If its catching fire you are going to slow. Also on the neck, do it in quick passes. The best way to describe the burning process is it's like spray painting not like dosing in gasoline.
Step 5: Laying the Latex
Reassemble the guitar.*
*While you are waiting, now is the perfect time to switch out pickups or shield the electronics. Search instructables there are plenty of great tutorials on such mods.
Step 6: Sweet Release
Step 7: Attaching the Skin
Once the latex is completely attached use scissors to cut spaces for the pickups, bridge, and other stuff.
Step 8: Finishing Touches / Final Words
Now it's time to make up a background story. Be original!
Since I finished this I have thought about applying the process to other objects. One idea is to make a realistic looking necronomicon. Another idea is to use it as an Ipod covering. The sky is the limit!