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Old 05-15-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Upto Duct tape axe! Washburn x-20 gets a new life!

I got this guitar from a friend who had stopped playing guitar. It's one of those starter guitar set kind of guitars, and I would have never paid for it myselv, but since I got it for free I thought I would play with it.

This is all things I did a while ago, so I can actually post everything right away.

Well! Being that I as a kid (and I must admit I still like em) was a huge fan of The Offspring, and was really wanting to get an NDM1 but couldn't find one or afford one at the time. I decided that I would make my own duct tape guitar! And this is what I ended up doing!

This was the guitar before my girlfriend and I started with the duct tape. Sorry for the first pictures being bad phone pictures!




So we got started with the duct tape! We were too lazy to remove the hardware haha! But we got it done anyways!


You really just need a shitload of ducttape and a sharp knife.


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Old 05-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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Now all the duct tape was on the guitar!






After this process we used an abrasive pad (is that even a thing? Google translate says it is!) on all the tape so that the next step would bing better.

Yes it was time to paint!

I don't really have any good pictures of that process, but what I did was to spray paint a little on the tape, then wear it down in the tape with the abrasive pad, paint more, use the abrasive pad and so on and so on. It took half a day and a couple of brews but I got it done and varnished it in the end.

I am pretty satisfied with the result!
And thes pictures were taken with a real camera instead of my crappy phone!







All in all this was a fun and easy project! I was afraid it would ruin the sound of the guitar, but actually it didn't really change anything. It should be fitted with some better pickups and then perhaps it would become a great stage guitar at some point! At least now it looks cool!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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Wasn't expecting much when I saw the tape come out but that ended up looking insanely cool! Your cat is creepy as hell though.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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It ended up looking really cool.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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I actually have the exact same guitar, it was my first electric and has since gone through many changes, kind of a "let's see what will happen if I...," style guitar. I actually like the way that it looks once you were finished. I was surprised.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #7
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Wow, didn't expect it too! Really good job I must say.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:58 PM   #8
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It ended up looking pretty cool! But tell it how it is; you don't have a girlfriend
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #9
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It ended up looking pretty cool! But tell it how it is; you don't have a girlfriend

The hands in the pictures is my girlfriends hands I took the pictures, she helped me put the duct tape on

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I actually have the exact same guitar, it was my first electric and has since gone through many changes, kind of a "let's see what will happen if I...," style guitar. I actually like the way that it looks once you were finished. I was surprised.
I was given this from a friend because he didn't want to play guitar anymore. My first axe was a JEM 555. Yes this has indeed become a project guitar! I am thinking of redoing the headstock sometime this summer It's a cheap and good looking finish if you ask me
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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Love it!!

Devil-Cat is a bit creepy tho
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:03 PM   #11
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I miss that cat It looks creepy on the picture because it's taken with a crappy phone camera and the picture is shaken. the cat was really really nice Thanks for the kind words everyone
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #12
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I was totally rolling my eyes until I saw the end result. That came out sick as hell!
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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I was wondering what on earth was being done but then the end result was very cool.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #14
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I thought the same thing as most others..."WTF?!" Followed by "wow, that actually looks cool!"

Now I need a beater to try that on...
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:43 AM   #15
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I thought the same thing as most others..."WTF?!" Followed by "wow, that actually looks cool!"

Now I need a beater to try that on...

If you're gonna try it, write me and let me know how it goes! I will also answer any questions you might have It didn't change the sound as much as I expected, so it could actually be done to a good expensive guitar too with good results. The good thing about this finish is that:
1 - It looks great (imo it looks freaking awesome!)
2 - It is cheap as **** to make! I had to buy everything, including ducttape for the projec t. It took 1 roll of ducttape, 1 can of black spray paint, 1 can of transparent varnish and some abrasive pads. Cost me around 120Dkk which is less 30$
3 - If it goes wrong or you at some point don't like it, it's fairly easy to remove it. I am pretty sure it will be like stickers. Maybe a little more sticky to the guitar so it needs a fair cleaning afterwards, but that's to be expected

If you get started let me know! I can always help
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:43 AM   #16
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It looks cool, but the idea of covering a guitar in duct tape has always been a stupid idea, IMO. I was always annoyed at the kids in school who made shit out of duct tape.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #17
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Well if I hadn't done the painting I would agree it would be rediculus! But when it gets the paint in there as well, it really gets to look cool if you ask me

Thanks for all your kind words on here
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:56 PM   #18
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Wow, I was going to say it looks tacky but damn the guitar looks sweet as hell after you took the tape off.
GReat job
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:21 AM   #19
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Wow, I was going to say it looks tacky but damn the guitar looks sweet as hell after you took the tape off.
GReat job

He didn't take it off...
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:52 PM   #20
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Nope I didn't take the tape off It's what give it that cool look! Tape, paint and patience!
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