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I was doing a business project on Mexico and I came across some of the ornate "Day of the Dead" skull designs. Incidentally, I was planning on stripping my Squier's finish when I put on the new pickguard I just got in the mail, and this gave me the idea of putting one of the day of the dead skulls on it as well. Here are some pictures of what I've got/done so far which isn't much at this point:


Wired pickguard from guitarfetish.


10 minutes or so of sanding the back


Planned skull design. I did a much better version for a school project which is currently at school (:P) I'll replace this with that soon.
I was look at several other reference skulls when designing it, including:



Just wondering: should I/How do i remove the bridge/trem for the sanding process. I didn't think it would be OK to just plain unscrew it since it's attached to those really tight springs in the back.

Also, regarding the skull design, I am VERY open to suggestions, criticisms, or even your own design if you have the time/care ^-^

Anyway, I'll try to update this thread as much as possible.

Thanks to Ippon for initial advice/encouragement
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#3
then do the bridge screws
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#4
Please post a video of you playing bits of Voodoo Chile when it's finished.
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#5
Thanks for the advice guys. Here's a much better looking, imo, skull design.



Also I hope to have most of the back sanded off by the end of the weekend.
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If I were you, I'd just scuff sand, as in remove the gloss. Also, I prefer




edit: Just read AlGee's post about scuff sanding in another thread. I know we have some 150 grit so I'm gonna use that. Also I think I'm gonna take your advice and try to do a stencil of that design since the angle and size would probably look better on a guitar anyway
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#8
You need to use 80-100 grit to go over the glossy coat. This will ensure that the primer/sealer has a "rough" surface to adhere. Don't forget to wipe it down with a damp (not wet) rag. You don't want dust/debris before spraying.

Thinking about it now, that design looks pretty complicated for a straight mask and spray. Maybe you should continue looking for a better design, but easier to paint?

#9
man ive always loved that kinda tattoo stuff on guitars, i think you should go with a more intricate design if your up for a challenge like the rainbow one you posted, thats awsome.
hmm ill have to do something like this one days its a great idea
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#10
I started scuffing with some 150 grit today. I've only done the flat part of the front and back, but how am I doing?







Do I need to do it more or am I good?

Also I definitely want to try stenciling the more complex one. I use to stencil a lot so I'm going to give it a shot and see how it comes out.

EDIT:
Here are a couple pics after a quick damp clothing


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#11
I did the priming today in my garage. I think it looks pretty good, which is more than I can say for my forearm and hand which is now covered in paint splotches :<





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#12
looks good, make sure you get a smooth layer of primer, that is the most important thing,
#13
and shield your guitar while you're at it too.
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looks good, make sure you get a smooth layer of primer, that is the most important thing,

Yeah, I'm gonna put on at least another coat before I do the background paint which I think I'm going to do off-white/arctic white. (Maybe something a little lighter than THIS )Should I sand it before I put on the real paint? If so what grit, and wet or no? Also what brands of paints do you use...I've been looking at Krylon and Dupli-Color but I'm not sure if I could find the duplicolor near me.

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Yeah, I'm gonna put on at least another coat before I do the background paint which I think I'm going to do off-white/arctic white. (Maybe something a little lighter than THIS )Should I sand it before I put on the real paint? If so what grit, and wet or no? Also what brands of paints do you use...I've been looking at Krylon and Dupli-Color but I'm not sure if I could find the duplicolor near me.


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Wetsand with high grit ...

Shielding to reduce hum.

#16
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So the paint won't go into all the holes and you'll have an annoying time with a toothpick.

EDIT: Or at least that's what happened to me.
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So the paint won't go into all the holes and you'll have an annoying time with a toothpick.

EDIT: Or at least that's what happened to me.

I think you have shielding and masking mixed up.
masking is when you cover an area so paint wont go there
Shielding is electric shielding to remove hum and reduce the chance of being shocked
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Yeah, your link was the obvious choice anyway. Now what the hell was IndieLee talking about :P
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#22
I did the second layer of primer today. There are some tiny drops on the front which I'll definitely have to wetsand. Also I have to do a spray near the neck joint where the string covered it up.

Also, I came up with a more stencilable version of the original skull, though I'm not sure if I'm going to do the drips at the bottom.


What do you guys think?
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#24
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Please post a video of you playing bits of Voodoo Chile when it's finished.

I don't believe Voodoo and Day of the Dead are related, excuse me if they are.


And I like the design, it's unique, I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this.
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#26
Glad you guys like the design, I'm stenciling it right now instead of doing my English HW :P I think I can get this new one into a 3 layer stencil. For tomorrow ideally:
-Prime area covered by twine
-Wetsand
-Spray Ivory Krylon over the base
-Finish stencil and show it tested on cardboard or something

Any objections or tips?
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#27
What colors did you have in mind for the body and skull? I suggest a black body with a gold skull.
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#29
I know my base color for the guitar is going to be an ivory, off-white kinda thing. I was thinking of doing a rainbow skull like in the design I based it off of, but it didn't look as good in a mockup I made in photoshop, so I'm definitely open to suggestions for the skull colour.
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#30
Go with more of a cream/parchement colour, like the colour old bones turn, and black lines.
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#31
Just did some quick mockups in Photoshop, can I get an unofficial poll/your opinions?


Rainbow
+3 votes

Black
+2

Navy


Orange


Red

Thanks guys.

edit: If you think it would look better with a different base color suggest one
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#33
you gotta do the rainbow one
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#36
Rainbow, but with the colour changing as you go towards the centre of the skull.

Maybe with a base colour something like this.
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#37
I really like that colour, Will. I sprayed the ivory onto cardboard and I think it does look a bit too light, so I'll probably go with that. I might upload pics of that, but I'll definitely redo the mockups with this new colour.
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#38
Here are the better mockups, done in the top favorite colors:



^At least that's what I think you meant ^_^

edit: I think Krylon almond would be perfect:

edit2: I also really like the black pickup covers and knobs...I could definitely paint the selector switch and the pickup covers, but I don't know about the knobs and the output jacks.
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#39
^Do the black skull, or another verision of the rainbow. Still, the black one would look better, IMO.
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#40
Out of curiosity, what colour hardwar are you putting on the beast? Black hardware with a black skull would look sweet.
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