KingOfTheRotten
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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.


KingOfTheRotten
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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!

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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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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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It ended up looking really cool.
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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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Wow, didn't expect it too! Really good job I must say.
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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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Quote by Zerath
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

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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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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I was wondering what on earth was being done but then the end result was very cool.
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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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Quote by Preacher403
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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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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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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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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Quote by Kyleisthename
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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Nope I didn't take the tape off It's what give it that cool look! Tape, paint and patience!
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looks awesome! cheers!

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how much does it weigh now?
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I'm impressed

At first my brain went potatoe
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Wow, that's actually pretty amazing. I may try something similar on an old bass I have laying around.

EDIT: How is the texture? Most duct tape seems to have a type of thread inside it to give it part of its strength, so was that a problem having string laying out?
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I had my doubts about a duct tape guitar but I must admit that painting and sanding on top of the tape really gives the guitar an interesting texture. It is really cool.
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It was a nice surprise in the end. It now looks like some RG2xxx Ibanez which were painted in a similar manner
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Quote by KingOfTheRotten
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


WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAT?!?!!! WHERE'S THE CAT!!??!! HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?!!!? HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?!!!? HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?!!!? HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?!!!? HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?!!!?
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Hi . I damaged my GRG Ibanez and i want to do same thing as you. I would like to know what kind of paint and polish you have used. (i'm french and i hope that you would understand what i've wrote) thank you
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#29
Salut petitlouis. Bienvenue a GB&C.
This thread is rather old and it doesn't look like the guy who created it has been around for quite some time.
Given the intended look of this finish I suspect it doesn't really matter what sort of paint you use and I doubt there's polish on it. You could always clearcoat it I suppose.