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Made some headstock decals for my guitar

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Swoop, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Swoop

    Swoop Tele-Meister

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    I've been pondering making some headstock decals for my beloved Cabronita for some time. Since I've taken to assembling guitars recently, I thought I'd come up with a name/design for my imaginary guitar company. :lol: Settled on one of my favourite words (meaning, basically, 'guts') and a sort of tattoo/western style font. Fired up the printer and these are the results.

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    Made a bit of a boo-boo when applying it and rubbed of some of the ink. I applied the lacquer thinly when sealing the decals. Fortunately the guitar is a relic so I think it looks quite suitable. I can easily make another if I find it bugs me.

    Thought I'd do something on the back too, ala Fender Custom Shop guitars. Came up with a serial number based on my birthday, and a model name being one rough translation of 'Cabronita.'

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    So I'm probably not going to win any design awards, but I'm quite happy with how they turned out. :)

    Oh, and this is the guitar in question pre-stickering.
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  2. src9000

    src9000 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think the logo is cool, only on red guitars.
    No, it looks good.
     
  3. Choucas09

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    Bitchin'. Cool and funky looking guitar.
     
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    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Nice job man, I think 'LB' definitely has 'guts':D
     
  5. etype

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    I always applaud these efforts, but I gotta warn you, before I read your text, when I first saw the logo, I read it as "Viagra". Only for an instant, but someone at a distance might make the same mistake... On the other hand, the neck does look pretty stiff!
     
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    Sweet looking Tele. Nice job on the stickers.
     
  7. Swoop

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    LOL! I suppose that'd also be an appropriate name. Playing this guitar certainly gives me the horn. :lol:

    Too much information?
     
  8. justinMD1212

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    That's awesome man thanks for sharing. Any chance u could briefly describe how u got that from paper (what kind) to the printer then on that headstock?? I'm currently stuck. Thanks
     
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    Swoop. dat's gorgeous!
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    nice- and the red tele is sweet!
     
  12. rockymtnguitar

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    1. Great logo
    2. GREAT guitar - I love the single pickup guitars and that Cab looks amazing. Nicely done. What's the short version of the build? General info - pickup, body/neck supplier, rough cost overall?
     
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  14. Swoop

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    It's special decal paper from a local model (i.e. model and RC cars, planes, etc.) shop. I designed the logo in Photoshop after downloading an appropriately cool font and printed them with just my bog-standard inkjet printer. The instructions that came with the paper said to print on normal quality but I experimented with normal and best and found the latter was sharper and darker. Then I lacquered the decals with some satin clear from a small aerosol from the same model shop—this seals the ink so when you soak the decal in water to slide it off the backing the colour doesn't run. I think I did maybe three quite light coats. I'd probably do more next time because, as I mentioned, I smudged the decal slightly, but I wanted to avoid too prominent a raised edge from laying the lacquer on too thick. Then, like I said, once the lacquer was dry I cut the decals out, soaked them in some warm water—into which I had disolved a little clear glue which helps the decal adhere better to the headstock—positioned them where I wanted them and absorbed the excess water with a paper towel. Hopefully that clarifies the process for you.

    Thanks. The body is an MJT scored quite cheap via one of their ebay auctions. Pickup is a TV Jones Classic. The neck is an Allparts TMO Fat, slightly reprofiled, lacquered, and relic'd by a local guitar builder. From memory I spent about $1100NZ—a little under $800US at the current exchange rate. So a bit more expensive than an MIM Cabronita for example but, in my opinion an infinitely better guitar. It's a superb guitar; the best I've ever owned and there's no way I'd ever sell it.
     
  15. justinMD1212

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    Thanks again. Much appreciated. I found the decal paper as well
     
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    Yes yes yes please do!!!!
     
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