Do you want to make your own faceplate for your GH 4/5/BH guitar?
You don't need to buy expensive official faceplates, you can make some on your own!
It's easy and almost everyone can do it!
(Kids, ask parents for help with cutting :D)
Step 1: Let's Start!
So, you'll need tools which are in this picture:
- Original faceplate taken off your guitar controller
(you have to unlock the lock on back side of guitar and also take off guitar's neck)
- Cardboard (approx. 2 mm)
- Sharp knife or scissors to cut shape of faceplate off the cardboard
- Glue to paste your new faceplate on cardboard shape
Step 2: Drawin'
Grab a faceplate, put in on cardboard and draw the shape of faceplate.
You can stick the faceplate with paper tape to avoid moving (for accurate holes) - I don't have any, so I used transparent tape
Step 3: Cuttin'
Grab a sharp knife (or scissors) and cut the shape off cardboard (you can cut inner holes later, when you stick your art on it)
Step 4: The Shape
I hope you're more handy, than I am and you get these shapes indistinguishable from original :D
Step 5: The Faceplate
I made you a faceplate template (heh) so you can edit it in Photoshop, GIMP or which software you're using for graphics, to edit it on your own as you wish!
BTW look at the pickguard, it's different from original one, it's more Strat-like :D
If you want to, there are my templates:
PSD Template (with some of my own designs):
Step 6: Sticking Your Design
As soon as you print or even draw your dream-design, you can cut it and paste on cardboard.
Easiest way to print it is opening picture in MS Paint, set 1 x 2 pages and set borders 42 mm.
(If your printer can't print without borders, you have to set borders on both sides, so you can set (for example) 15 mm on the left and 27 mm on the right)
This is for A4 paper.
Step 7: Almost Done!
I recommend you to put your faceplate (wet by glue) on the table (or some flat place) and press it with stack of books.
You should use some newspaper or something, especially if you used liquid glue, and put it between faceplate and books.
Step 8: Done! Let's Rock!
Voilà! There is final product! Lookin' good? I think so! :D
Just put your new faceplate on its place and put your neck back.
If you're worried about falling the faceplate, you can use some tape to hold it in its place.
Also, if you want to, you can use some plastic self-adhesive foil to protect your faceplate against coffee stains etc... (and it shines! :D)
So, that's it! I hope you like it and you're happy with your new design!
Happy playing of your Guitar Hero, Band Hero, Rock Band or FoFiX :D