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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Using laminate machine to create guitar body artwork

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Apr 25th, 2019 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

This has probably been suggested before on the list serve, but if you are looking for an easy way to create your own artwork for a guitar body, I have been very happy with what I have been able to make by creating designs by taking screen shots of images, importing those into a Word doc, adding verbiage, or clip art, etc. When the artwork is done in the Word doc, I take a screen shot of the final design, and use the resizing tools to arrive at the size of the final image I need for the guitar. I then print the resized image on photo paper, and laminate it. Then cut the image to size and use thin double sided tape to affix the artwork to the guitar.

I have been doing some final cosmetic enhancements to the guitar I have been working on most recently, and used this to make artwork for under the pickups, and to dress up the tremolo mounting pad.

I imagine you could use this to create custom top surfaces for pickguards etc.

Laminated artwork

Tinkerer
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Apr 25th, 2019 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

And the guitar

The guitar with "dressed up" tremolo mounting pad

Achase4u
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Apr 26th, 2019 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool idea!

That red foil pickup looks great, too.

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Apr 26th, 2019 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is pretty cool!

I’ve thought about printing headstock logos. I’ve never actually pursued that, though.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 26th, 2019 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another really cool thing to do is print a reverse of the desired image in photo quality on a color ink jet and then lightly dampen the back side of the paper with naphtha or lacquer thinner...and then quickly hold the paper in place on bare wood and use a wallpaper seam roller to transfer the color image from the paper to the wood.

It does come out a bit blury and detail suffers, but for splashes of color, it works really well.

Headstock logos and even large images are pretty simple to do with a color ink jet and waterslide decal paper.

Here’s a large waterslide decal I made from an image I found on the Web and put it under the nitro finish on

this Strat.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:15 PM, Apr 26th, 2019)

Tinkerer
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Apr 26th, 2019 11:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

That decal is very cool Peegoo, and it looks like it has aged/held up really well!!

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 27th, 2019 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, Tinkerer. If you get at least six coats of clear over these waterslides, they last many years.

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Apr 27th, 2019 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 'Goo printed me a decal for my very own Rumpelcaster. I buried it in clear and polished it over. I went a little too thick with the nitro and it cracked but, overall it looks great.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 27th, 2019 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Shoot another light coat of nitro over it. It will "heal" that crack right up.

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