i was wondering if i didnt have to remove everything (pickups, bridge ect.) when i paint my guitar. Im prob going to do a simple bullseye or buzzsaw design and i was thinking why cant i just tape things off?
You should really take everything off because that means the paint goes a little way into the body ,whereas, if you left everything on you would be able to see where you had stopped painting.
You can tape everything up, but the design would turn out much better if you removed everything and for the sake of and extra 10-15mins work, you might as well do it!
Definitly take all of the hardward off the guitar before painting as you will be able to do a better job- you won't be risking getting any unwanted paint on the hardware either. It is a little extra work but it is definitly worth it