DIY Guitar Graphics on the Cheap

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Make a cheap guitar more exciting with custom graphics.

Step 1: Materials

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

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

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

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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    Bjarke

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    cry_wolfholeman666

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    qballcatholeman666

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    nkk07nkk07

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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