Painting Your Rock Band Guitar




I will show you how to paint your Rock Band guitar like Eddie Van Halen, so it looks awesome!

I already painted my pick guard so I will show you with the headstock. It is the same process, only you are going to want to take your pick guard off to do this. Just take the screws out and yank off the tone knob. It will then come right off.

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Step 1: What You Will Need

Your are going to need sandpaper, a screwdriver, spray paint, masking or painters tape, something to cut the tape to different widths, a safe place to spray, a safe place to let it dry (I have a cat), and a clear coat spray to protect it.

Step 2: Sanding

Sand down the surface you want to paint. This will help the paint to stick. I used 150 grit paper.

Step 3: Painting the First Color

If you are doing a similar pattern to mine, then you will want the first layer to be the color you want the lines to be. Spray outside in a safe place. When you paint the head stock you don't want the wind to blow paint over your guitar. Tape off any place you don't want paint to cover. You should cover the guitar with newspaper. Don't cover it with one heavy coat. Instead use a few light coats a few minutes apart. Read the back of your spray cans before you use them.

Step 4: Taping Off the Pattern

Make sure the paint is totally dry before you put tape on and spray the next coat. The spray can should say how long you have to wait before you recoat. Don't put tape on too soon, it may pull off some of the paint. When you place the tape on the surface, make sure it wraps all the way around the edges.

Step 5: Painting the Second Color

Once you have taped off the pattern and made sure your guitar is protected, go ahead and spray the second color. Make sure not to spray to thick. If you do, it may soak through the edges of the tape and you will get fuzzy lines.

Step 6: Remove the Tape

Let the paint dry and then go ahead and remove the tape. Do this carefully so that you don't scratch any of the paint off. Now you are almost done.

Step 7: Clear Coat

Now you want to finish it off with a clear coat spray. This will help to protect the paint from scratching and rubbing off. Here you will want to use a few light coats instead of one heavy coat. Once this is totally dry, you can take all the protective coverings off.

Step 8: Your Done!

You did it! Your done! Now get out there and kick your friends butts in Rock band with your awesome guitar!

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    9 Discussions


    I am getting a guitar. I want this type of Fender with a white heart on it. It is made with very dark wood too. It is like $280, which is a good price. My mom doesn't think so, i have to get a $120 one. So I'm thinking of painting it. Will it damage the guitar? Will it sound different? And will spray paint work? I'm just kinda nervous.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Nice job!! May I ask why you chose not to do the entire body like Eddie? It looks really great - just dont wear a blonde afro wig and sing like Sammy when your rockin - IMO he ruined VH. Dirty Dave is true Halen.

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    Grant Flamingbustedit

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. I would have had to tape off all the buttons, the strum bar, and the whammy bar (I think of it as a Floyd Rose Original). I agree with you about Van Hagar. No one can compare with David Lee Roth's scream!

    the "whammy bar" is mererly a bar. it ISNT a floyd rose AT ALL. a floyd rose is a type of bridge, if they where to put one on a guitar hero controler, A: it would be expensive, B: because there is no strings the bridge would be constantly pulling into the body, easly breaking the bridge or the plastic body.
    and hey, floyds are f---ing anoing on a real guitar, so on a toy, there just isnt a point. lol.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I've been wanting to paint some of my stuff in the EVH "confetti" pattern but never really knew how. now i will have EVERYTHING painted like Thanks, nice post.

    I just used some old spray cans I found in the garage. I didn't have black. I probably would have bought a can if i knew i was going to put it on