Express yourself when you paint a guitar. Nothing is too flowery, obnoxious or offensive. Use bright colours and strange themes—be creative. It's not about the perfect paint job on your guitar body; it's about innovation, self-expression and attitude. So get out your spray paint and masking tape, and create a one-of-a-kind custom guitar paint job.
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This design works on any guitar because of its versatility. For rockers, nothing is too far out there, but for classical guitarists, try a classical paint job. Paint the guitar body black to begin with, and then go back over the guitar with the classical Picasso-style face profile in stark white. Paint the faces on with a small brush or, if you're not very artistic, have a local sign shop cut out Picasso-style profiles in white vinyl. Stick them on the guitar and then go back over the surface with clear lacquer.
Eddie Van Halen made this design popular during the '80s, and it still has its following. To get a Frankenstein paint job, start out by painting the guitar body white. After the paint dries, run strips of masking tape at odd angles across the guitar body going in different directions. Now spray the guitar with red paint, wait until it dries and pull off the tape. This is your own version of the Frankenstein paint job. The beauty of this paint job is that no two are exactly alike.
Paint the guitar body bright yellow. Draw a tight circle around the pickup cavities about an inch wide. Draw another circle around the first one about an inch away and an inch wide. Repeat this pattern until you have a bullseye effect covering the front of the guitar. Lay masking tape into the circles and trim them with a razor knife to get them nice and round, or make them out of cardboard and lay them in place. Spray the guitar again with gloss black and remove the circles. Zakk Wylde uses a Fender Stratocaster in a painted fashion.
The most popular guitar paint jobs have always been bursts. The way to customise a burst is by going with outlandish colours that make the guitar unique. Start by spraying the guitar with bright yellow paint. Then spray the outside of the guitar and along the sides with bright Day-Glo green. Let the spray float over the front of the body from the edge to the inside, where it fades back into yellow. You can experiment with other unusual bursts such as orange to purple or black to blue.
Sometimes just blending hardware with the right colour can give you that one-of-a-kind guitar paint job. Paint your guitar body bright orange. Put on some eye-candy lime green pickups, control knobs and maybe even a lime green pick guard. This paint job is simple, yet really grabs the crowd with its contrasting hardware. For added effect, paint the back of the guitar lime green as well.
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