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UPDATE - Got it Done Finally!!!! .....Asking for artist help with painting a guitar?

YallYall Registered User regular
edited October 2022 in Help / Advice Forum
Hi All,

Finally got the damn thing done.
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Took the dude forever to get the paintjob done and he was a pain in the ass to deal with, but dammit if he didn't do some nice work. At any rate, figured I'd share the finished product! GO BILLS! :)


Any helpful advice on this welcome understanding that I have a poor eye for art and know shit about painting! :)

So I'm building a guitar from parts, beginning with this red, 1989-ish Charvel Deluxe Exotic body. I was going to relic it, but the body is in such nice shape I decided to do something else. I want to emblazon it with the Bills logo. Looking for help/advice in two forms.

I'm planning on only having 1 pickup and a volume knob, such that the usable area for inclusion of the logo might look something like this (keeping in mind the big hole where the pickup is, will probably have a pickup with a plastic cover that could also be painted. I've outlined in black, areas that would be ideal for the logo to cover (since I'll need to fill them with bondo or something and they won't match the original finish).

Pic:
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Anyway, the two bits of advice:

1. How should I orient/position/size the Bills logo for the best look?
2. Once the above is settled, looking for advice on how to paint it.

Thanks in advance, and happy to provide additional details/answer questions as needed.


Yall on

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    RadiationRadiation Registered User regular
    Easiest way to do this might be to do a pickguard with a vinyl sticker. With the Bills logo going from bottom left knob to top right. Sort of at like a 45 degree angle. Pickguard also allows you to cover the missing pickup slots as well.
    Also I think the best way to position the logo will also largely depend on if this thing is going to be played (and that's when you want it to show) or if the guitar will mostly be hung up on display.

    As for painting it, you could go the extreme way and strip all the paint/stain down. It looks like you can see the curl from the quilt top maple underneath, so either some dye was used on the wood or they used like a semi see through paint coat. If it was dye you could just sand away the clear coats and then paint from there. If you dont want to go whole hog and strip the guitar down you should be able to give a pretty decent sanding to the areas you're painting, then apply paint, then do clear coats above the paint and all over the guitar to smooth it.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I'd get a decal made personally. You're probably going to have to repaint the entire thing honestly because no one will ever be able to match 30 year old paint. Though you may be able to just have the top redone and it'll be ok.

    also, as opposed to bondo, you will probably be better off plugging all the holes with dowels and filling the cracks with sawdust mixed with epoxy.

    definitely keep us posted!

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    HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    I'd get a decal made personally. You're probably going to have to repaint the entire thing honestly because no one will ever be able to match 30 year old paint. Though you may be able to just have the top redone and it'll be ok.

    also, as opposed to bondo, you will probably be better off plugging all the holes with dowels and filling the cracks with sawdust mixed with epoxy.

    definitely keep us posted!

    Yeah I agree. Getting a flawlessly painted Bills logo in and of itself would require an experienced painter if it's being done by hand. It's probably not something you're realistically going to be able to do yourself unless you already know what you're doing. Without painting skills you could get something on there that's recognizable as the Bills logo but it's probably not gonna look great.

    And agreed again: Making that look good would mean stripping all of the current finish/paint and starting over which imo you absolutely shouldn't do. You have a great looking guitar body there. I'd 100% recommend going with restoring it and then applying a decal on the pick guard or maybe even looking into having a custom pick guard made.

    I'm also super curious about why you want to go with one pickup/volume knob. Not as like a "How dare you!" thing or anything, it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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    YallYall Registered User regular
    Thanks for the responses everyone - I'm actually strongly considering finding a professional painter to help me refinish the body and do the logo.

    @HappylilElf - The rationale behind the single pickup/volume is that I'm going for a more straight forward shredder. I already have 2 of these Charvels with the HSS layout, and some other super strats with various pickup configs. But this one is meant to be a pure 80's, LA Strip wailer. I'm throwing on a floyd and one of the new Fishman Fluence Ceramic Humbuckers.

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    YallYall Registered User regular
    Got it finished - new pics in OP. Thanks for the advice!

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
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