#1
does anyone know any good place that makes custom guitars and will put your own customised artwork on?

I really want a custom made guitar with pictures of hot models imprinted on the body, know how to start?

alternatively i was thinking of getting a PRS model and putting the artwork on...

anyone got any ideaS?
#3
dont do it. at least not to a PRS. they are fairly sexy as they are.

if you have a word with some custom shops nicely im sure they would do it on a guitar... but it would cost a lot
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#4
ESP Guitars' custom shop lets you send in samples of your artwork, then they'll put your pictures of whatever on the guitar.
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#5
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I really want a custom made guitar with pictures of hot models imprinted on the body, know how to start?

Why? Its a guitar, not a porn magazine.
But ESP will definitely do anything you want. Check them out.
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#6
Really any custom shop will add custom artwork, not sure if carvin does, but most do.

though expect waits to go for a long time.
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#7
yeh i know its a guitar not a porn mag, but i thought i'd try something new, so it looks personal, and i like hot women. yeh i know i sound bad. Its just when i look at tom morello's sould power telecaster, and kirks "caution hot" ESP, it just looks so personal, and thats why i wanna do that to my guitar.

soo, the next question, i know someone gave ranguitars, but does anyone else know any others?
#8
you're in London in the UK? i assume sims custom shop would do it (the paintwork that is). maybe feline guitars too (maybe they just use sims too, though, not sure). legra could do it too... to be honest, any custom maker who uses a decent paint shop could probably do it...

i'm not sure if it's a wise idea to do it, though, to the PRS, you're likely to totally devalue it...
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#9
yeh ok, i won't do it to the PRS..... cos they do look pornographic anyway.

but does anyone know about the quality of these custom guitars? and can you submit the measurements you want?

i know know..loads of questions, it's just i want a body like a PRS standard or similar..doesn't have to be.
#11
it really depends on the luthier you go to, and on how much you're willing to spend. i've got a legra and it's very nice indeed (it's the equal of the nicest guitars i've tried), i hear great things about feline too. there are a ton of UK-based luthiers, a lot of them advertise in the back of Guitarist magazine and similar guitar mags...

just be careful that a custom paint job doesn't end up doubling the price, lol.
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#12
well the custom paint job is the main reason why i'm getting a custom guitar, but obviously if it's gonna sound ****, theres no point in getting it... thats why i was wondering if anyone could say if they sound good or not?

i'm willing to spend 5000 pounds...

actually, i'm willing to spend maximum 10,000
#15
well its a custom guitar innit?! like i said, no point in getting it done it its gonna sound like sh..

anyway i checked out all websites, and Legra definitely sounds like it talks the talk. But the thing i really love the most, is the finish on PRS guitars and the ones on the Sims custom shop, that make it look so shiny... as well as that i want that sorta effect you can see on that red guitar on this page:

http://simscustomshop.com/subsitefour/page16.html

sigh.. it seems i have alot to research... i don't have a clue about much of this stuff, and when i started to fill in that form on ranguitars, theres alot of stuff i'm confused about. Obviously i don't want this post to keep everyone up, so if anyone is really knowledable about this kind of stuff, could they pm me? otherwise, thanx anyway guys
#16
I believe that Ruokangas will do what you want. Check out their Custom Gallery and their Virtual Workshop.

http://www.ruokangas.com/

Besides something that exotic, I'm sure any of the names we all know- Dean, Schechter, etc.- would do something like that.

Another place to check out would be Ed Roman's Guitars of Las Vegas. Besides selling all of the major brands, he has several in-house brands and I'm sure he does custom work as well.
http://www.edroman.com/

Carvin? While they do have a custom shop, I've never seen any Carvin with over-the-top graphics.
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#17
hmmm.. again very helpful... i'm gonna have to send them a few emails and enquire.

but both the websites you gave look pretty good.

like i said, that PRS style finish is amazing, as long as i put the model/models along with those effects, that will be what i'm talking about
#18
Ruokangas have been getting good reviews for a few years now.

One warning- Ed Roman has a bit of an ego. Read his rants and you'll see what I mean.

Not that he's wrong on some of them...but some read more like he can't entertain the possibility of someone else being right! Still, his overall rep seems pretty good.

If you do go with him, let us know what you think. The only person I ever knew personally who had one of his guitars was one of my old college profs (he even sent in a testimonial to the site), and I wasn't playing electrics back then.
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#19
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well the custom paint job is the main reason why i'm getting a custom guitar, but obviously if it's gonna sound ****, theres no point in getting it... thats why i was wondering if anyone could say if they sound good or not?

i'm willing to spend 5000 pounds...

actually, i'm willing to spend maximum 10,000


sure, my legra sounds great. as i said, though, it depends on who you go with, and if it suits your idea of good tone etc. just make sure you aren't spending money which there's no need to spend- i mean, once you get much over the £1500-£2000 mark, the law of diminishing returns starts to come into play, a lot.


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well its a custom guitar innit?! like i said, no point in getting it done it its gonna sound like sh..

anyway i checked out all websites, and Legra definitely sounds like it talks the talk. But the thing i really love the most, is the finish on PRS guitars and the ones on the Sims custom shop, that make it look so shiny... as well as that i want that sorta effect you can see on that red guitar on this page:

http://simscustomshop.com/subsitefour/page16.html

sigh.. it seems i have alot to research... i don't have a clue about much of this stuff, and when i started to fill in that form on ranguitars, theres alot of stuff i'm confused about. Obviously i don't want this post to keep everyone up, so if anyone is really knowledable about this kind of stuff, could they pm me? otherwise, thanx anyway guys


to be honest, it's handier if you keep it in the thread, there's no problem if it's related to the thread, plenty of threads go on for ages. i don't know all that much, i can help a little with the very basic stuff, but your best bet eventually will be to talk to the luthier/guitar builder once you've decided what to do and to get advice on what way to do things as well.

by the way, my legra was finished in the sims custom shop (i don't think legra does its own finishing), so i'd guess, assuming it's not incompatible with the build for some reason, and assuming that you're willing to pay, you'd be able to get more or less any sims finish you like. you mean the sims custom shop flat top finish (the red one)? i don't see why you couldn't get that done on a custom guitar... wouldn't be all that hard to get something very similar on an off-the-shelf guitar either, if you aren't too confident in going the custom-build route. PRS, Huber, Tyler, Tom Anderson, Suhr, etc. would all be worth looking into for a guitar in that kind of style... you could try them first, too (machinehead in hitchin should have some of those in stock, it's not too far from London, and the oxford guitar gallery has some nice stock too).
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#20
once you get much over the £1500-£2000 mark, the law of diminishing returns starts to come into play, a lot.


Good point

my legra was finished in the sims custom shop


sounds good, but do i have to send it to america then? cos thats where they're situated right? Also, if there was some custom artwork, would it be ruined?
cos i read somewhere when they "refinish" or "finish" they do some sanding down? or would that not be required cos the guitar was being finished for the first time?

does this mean that legra doesn't bother to finish guitars and you have to get someone else to finish it?

sorry for so many questions, i'm gonna do alot of reading this week researching different types of wood etc...

but just for your guys interest, i'm ddef having the setup of having:
humbucker in bridge position

then 2 single coils.

as for the body wood, maybe rosewood or alder...

as i said, all very preamture ideas at the moment...
#21
sims custom shop is in england, i think? ah, i've just noticed what's wrong, you were at the wrong website, sorry about that. http://www.simscustom.com/ that's the sims guy i'm talking about. http://www.simscustom.com/html/sprayshop.htm

i'm not sure what refinishing entails, to be honest...

no, you don't personally have to send it to the sims custom shop if you get a legra or similar, they'll do all the leg work. if you buy from legra or a similar luthier, you'll end up getting a finished guitar to your door (unless you're close enough to pick it up yourself, i guess, which you possibly are if you're in London). would probably be worth a trip to feline guitars workshop too, it's in croydon i think. I hear great things about those custom guitars too, but i haven't tried them. with any luck if you can get to either or both of their workshops, you should be able to get to try some examples of their work, which'd let you see the quality etc. etc.

i'm not sure if rosewood works for body woods- it might be very heavy, or expensive (it might be possible to use it as a top, i'm not certain- there's some good info on warmoth about woods: http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_bodywoods.cfm ). alder would be ok... if you want a figured top, though, you're going to have to put flamed/quilted maple or similar over the top. though if you want some fancy artwork instead, that wouldn't be necessary.

your best bet is to tell the luthier which type of tone you're after with the guitar, and then ask what they'd recommend in terms of woods etc. for that.

i can't see how custom artwork would ruin it if it's a custom build, as you say it's the first time it's being finished. unless you decide later that you don't like the artwork, i guess.
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#24
sounds good...you been to these places? i think i'll call the place in croydon, and then go personally to talk to them about it.. i'll report my findings if you want, i think it owuld be good for everyone to know....

btw this website seemed pretty good about woods:
http://reviews.ebay.com/Guitar-Wood-Types-and-Tones-Chapter-1-Body-Woods_W0QQugidZ10000000009486412
good beginner guide.

legra looks good, and good value.
#25
yeh, what i'm worried about now, is loads of people giving me plenty of places, i don't know what to choose! i've looked at half a dozen websites indepth and i'm a bit tired now. But since legra has been tried and tested by some in this forum, i'll give it a shot.

i also might as well visit feline.
#26
several guys at the bareknuckle pickup forum have legras, and several have felines. Wez venables is also a luthier who posts there, and a few guys there have his guitars and say they're great too. I don't think you have to worry with any of those in terms of how many forum guys have them, in other words, as a similar number (which i know of, anyway) own guitars by all 3. all three luthiers post there too, by the way.

i haven't been to either, unfortunately- if i lived as close as you did, though, I would have. i bought my legra more or less based on testimonials from other internet guys, which was a bit of a risk, but it worked out fine. and as you said, legra seemed to be good value, that's more or less what swung it in the end, he seemed to be held in as high regard as anyone else, but was a little cheaper.
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#27
hey guys.. i'm back

this stems from the other thread i was reading, cos i'm also designing a guitar:
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...74&page=1&pp=20

ok so i like the general feel of alder and tone and all that, also all my other guitars are mahogany so i wanna try out alder.

my concerns:
Can you achieve as nicer a finish as on mahogany? this is important cos i want it looking good, like a PRS.
Can you add a maple top? or would this ruin the alder and alter the tone to a more thicker sound?

o yeah another thing:
Is alder easily damaged? i'm assuming its not as strong as mahog?

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#29
it's not going to look the same as mahogany- whether you think that's worse is up to you. if you want a tone along similar lines to alder, but with a nicer grain, maybe swamp ash? but your best bet is to talk to the luthier to see what he/she says, and recommends, regarding tonewoods, finishing, etc.

you can put a maple top on alder if you wish. maple's a reasonably bright sound, it's not going to make it sound like mahogany or anything like that, but it probably won't sound exactly the same as pure alder. trying first would be your best bet.

same thing with alder as a tonewood, try a bunch of alder guitars out, just in case you hate it!

not certain about the damage, to be honest. that'd be another thing to ask the luthier.

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