Ideas to Decorate Your Guitar

Updated April 17, 2017

To a guitar player, the guitar represents more than just an instrument; it is a tool with which the musician expresses his emotions and thoughts, and is a release for creativity. Decorating your guitar will make it even more your own and there are a lot of options for you to go about this.

Stickers of Favorite Musicians

If you have a beloved guitar player or there's a band whose music inspired you to pick up the guitar in the first place, you can decorate your instrument with their images or band logos. You can order official band merchandise on their websites or buy them if you go to see the band play live. Don't put too many stickers on the guitar, one on the body will suffice. If you go overboard with these stickers, you will look like a crazed fan, rather than a serious musician, whereas one sticker will be a lovely tribute to a favourite or inspirational artist.

Other Stickers

If stickers of musicians aren't your thing but you still want to put stickers on your guitar, you can get stickers that mean something to you personally. For example, get a sticker that says "Imagine," as a tribute to John Lennon or an encouraging statement. Another option is a sticker of a music-themed symbol you feel related to or is connected to the type of music you play, such as symbols for peace, chaos or anarchy.

Paint it

If you don't want to decorate the guitar with stickers but want to make it special you can paint it. Get paint in your favourite colours and a big paint brush along with smaller ones, so you will be able to paint the guitar with as few strokes as possible but add in whatever other coloured accents you may want. Keep in mind, you will have to take the strings out and put them back in, if you do this, and the paint may have an effect on the sound quality of the guitar.

Draw Things on It

Another thing you can do with your guitar is draw on it with a permanent marker or paint pen that stands out from the guitar's base colour. In this case, you are only limited by your imagination and drawing skills. You can decorate the guitar with flowers, notes, smiley faces or lightning. Adapt the imagery to your personality as well as to the type of music you play.

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Lucy Natek started writing in 2004. Her work has appeared in publications such as "Sketchbook," "Kismet," "In*tandem" and "Rahha" and on websites such as Dia, Fashion Students Online and Haus Digital. Natek holds a master's degree in political science and international relations from the University of Ljubljana.