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PHOTOS: Installing a headstock logo
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Not too long ago I received a partscaster from a very generous builder. As it was "custom made", there was no headstock logo. Maybe it's just me, but I've always thought guitars looked a little funny without some kind of headstock logo.

Using a simple graphic design tool on the internet (don't remember which one) I designed a basic logo.




I e-mailed the image to a friend of mine who makes signs using self-adhesive vinyl lettering. I suppose I could have used a waterslide decal and my inkjet printer, but after researching the steps and labor involved, I decided to pursue this simpler method.

She made me a few different sizes just to see which one I thought was the best fit. She tried several times, but the machine was not precise enough to cut the word "guitars" into the vinyl. It was just too small.

The blank headstock:



The logo next to the headstock. The vinyl logo was sandwiched between a piece of masking tape and a piece of paper:



Peeling the adhesive logo and masking tape from the paper backing:



The masking tape with the logo still attached:



Attaching the masking tape and logo to the headstock. Notice I had to trim the masking tape to get it to fit around the string tree:


Once the logo was in place, I rubbed the logo with my thumbnail to seperate it from the masking tape.

After rubbing on the logo, peeling away the masking tape:



The finished product:



Quick, easy, inexpensive. I would not recommend doing this with a guitar coated with nitrocellulose lacquer, as vinyl and nitro have a chemical reaction which basically eats the lacquer.

Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 1:16 am
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NICE Smiley

You know it would be rude not to let me see the rest of the guitar dont you Smiley

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Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 4:59 am

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Neat.
Would you shoot it with something to seal it?

I was thinking nitro, but that's been mentioned as being potentially troublesome.

Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 11:25 am

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papa_lazerous said:

You know it would be rude not to let me see the rest of the guitar dont you Smiley

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You're right! Here is the whole guitar (pre logo):




Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 11:29 am

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Rx Tone said:

Neat.
Would you shoot it with something to seal it?

I was thinking nitro, but that's been mentioned as being potentially troublesome.


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Yes, that's possible. I haven't decided whether to do that yet or not. While it would protect and seal the logo, it isn't completely necessary. I'd imagine there is some kind of spray-on or brush-on polyurethane based lacquer available to use.

Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 11:39 am

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Thats a nice looking axe, the grain looks tasty, would be a crime to paint it

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Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 2:09 pm

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Rich,

Nice job - now, the logo is officially worth more than the guitar. Smiley

Does it still make noise?

Marty

Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 9:16 pm

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Have you adjusted the truss rod yet?????

Post Date: 6/23/2009 @ 9:42 pm

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mdw3332 said:

Rich,

Nice job - now, the logo is officially worth more than the guitar.
Does it still make noise?


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Smiley

Yes, it makes beautiful noises when someone who actually knows how to play plays it. When I play it sounds just OK. Smiley

Post Date: 6/24/2009 @ 1:13 pm

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mdw3332 said:

Rich,

Nice job - now, the logo is officially worth more than the guitar. Smiley

Does it still make noise?

Marty


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I actually really like your first logo better than the second.
I think the whackiness of it has a more, comic feel to it.

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Post Date: 9/18/2009 @ 1:09 pm

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It looks great. I assume you are not going to spray anything over top of the decal. You just going to leave it on top like that? Either way, it looks cool. It's the little things that make guitars look custom.

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Post Date: 7/21/2010 @ 1:14 pm

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Do you realize this is a bump to a 10 month old thread?


this rig requires something with a little more kick... plutonium!

Post Date: 7/21/2010 @ 1:27 pm

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Zug-uitar said:

Do you realize this is a bump to a 10 month old thread?

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Hell, that's no big deal, it took me longer than that to build it. Rich is *very* patient!

Post Date: 7/21/2010 @ 7:59 pm

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