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Old 02-17-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Refinishing PRS -- Where to get custom decals printed?

I'm currently working on a refinish of a 2011 PRS SE Singlecut. The neck snapped off the guitar, but cleanly, which allowed me to do a neck reset, which was a success. I've played and recorded with it since then-still sounds and plays great. Afterwards, I'm left with ugly battle scars along the heel and neck joint. So I decided to do a total refinish, since a spot touch-up, with my painting skills, would be ugly.

The guitar was finished in Antique White, which I LOVE. I'm redoing that on the top, but leaving it natural on the back, neck, and headstock. In doing this, I will have to remove the serial number from the back of the headstock (btw, it's serial number L12300, making it a 2011 model). I still want the serial number on the guitar, so I reproduced the entirety of the text on the back of the headstock, right down to the accurate fonts (Apparently Excelsior LT in bold makes for a hell of a serial number font when tweaked right).

For example, here is the back of the headstock of a 2008 SE Singlecut Trem, displayed on Elderly:


And here is the overlay I did on Photoshop CS2 (yeah I know I'm in the stone age). It's not perfect, but I can always tweak it in the PSD file:


Where could I have a decal printed for this, for a reasonable price? I've tried printing my own, 1) but I suck at it, and 2) I need white and gold inks, since the background of the text will be the natural mahogany, instead of the black I used so the text would show up.

NOTE: I AM NOT ATTEMPTING TO COUNTERFEIT A GUITAR. THE ONLY REASON I WANT TO REPRODUCE THIS TEXT IS SO IT WILL NOT BE CONFUSED WITH ANOTHER PRS, AND TO PRESERVE THE SERIAL NUMBER, FOR POTENTIAL RESALE.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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I have no info for you, sorry. but I would love to see a thread of you refinishing the guitar
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:57 AM   #3
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Don't have any advice, except that I've printed my own decals, but only black and white. Re-did a squier and put a squier logo back on it, like a baws.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:26 AM   #4
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Why don't you try screen printing/silk-screening? I'm pretty sure that's how they do it. I don't think it is too expensive, and those inks are fairly common.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:12 AM   #5
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You can get things printed to waterslide transparency paper quite cheaply, but you may have to make it a bulk order. Look up printing services in your area and ask them what they can offer.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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Me thinks I actually might do the back of the headstock up like a stinger, like some Les Pauls I've seen. As long as I can do it right.

It'll take a couple weeks, but I will get a refinish thread up when work is underway.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:44 PM   #7
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If you're refinishing the guitar and it already had a repair done by an unauthorized tech (not done by PRS) you have thrown resale value out the window sir.

I wouldn't worry about the resale anyway with a lower end guitar.
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