Step 1: Tools Needed
The parts used in this project is listed below:
Some of the items were already in house, hence price not listed.
Most items can be found in any craft store.
- LED 22USD- https://www.24.se/hem-fritid/belysning/led-lampor...
- Japanse saw (0,3mm) – 20USD
- Hot glue gun
- Wood glue
- Soldering Iron
- Cables and USB extension cord
- Powerbank (2000mA)
- Painting brush
- Acrylic paints
- Spray Paint – Matte Acrylic
- Clear gloss finish
Total sum for project: approx. 42USD
Step 2: Disassemble the Guitar
Cut the gutiar with the saw, about 5 mm from the edge, all around.
Step 3: Sanding and Painting
In order for the paint to adhere properly, thoroughly sand down the surface of the guitar. Next, cover the parts you don't want painted with masking tape and proceed to spray paint. Make sure you are doing this in a well ventilated place.
For my design I knew I wanted to use acrylics, and therefore I chose a matte acrylic spray paint that would work well with my paints.
After allowing the paint to cure, finish with a gloss varnish.
Step 4: LED Strip - Ambient Light
Take the separated back of the guitar and trace the outline onto paper.
Draw an offset of 3 cm. Then on this line, mark with a pen where the led holes should be drilled (around 3 cm spacing in between each of the holes). For each of the holes, make an indent with a sharp screw, then take the screwdriver and drill each of the holes (the diameter of the drill is equal to the diameter of the led).
Cut the leds apart from the led strip (equal to the number of holes), and bend each of the tails so that the soldering pad is facing upwards. Take the glue gun and glue each of the leds, and make sure the leds are centered around the holes.
Cut small cabels to solder the leds togheter. Make sure to not shortcut any of the pins on the leds (you can verify this with a multimeter in case you are unsure).
Step 5: Assemble the Guitar
Cut a rectangular hole besides the guitar neck to make place for the USB extension cord (this is the cable to recharge the powerbank inside the guitar).
Take the hot glue gun and glue the powerbank togheter with the extension cable on the back of the guitar plate. Make sure no cables are loose as this will be hard to fix once the plate is glued back on.
Finally, lay out some wood glue around the wood list of the guitar and gently press the plate back on the guitar with some clamps (and books).