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Custom Waterslide Decal Headstock – DIY SG Kit Part 3

Create and Apply Custom Waterslide Decal – Build your Own Guitar Kit

sg waterslide decal headerThis post is going to show you how to design a Custom Waterslide Decal and paste it on your guitar headstock. This is the third article in the series dedicated on “how to Build your Own Guitar Kit”.

The Custom Waterslide Decal process should typically happen before applying the varnish. First, the guitar was entirely painted in a dark brown color. It was impossible to add a Waterslide Decal on the headstock because the background was too dark. I knew it was going to happen, but I expected a better outcome.

There’s no white ink in printers. Thus, all colors using white pigments are altered when printed on a transparent support. Because of that, the actual background color replaces the white coloring.

One of the solutions is to use a white transfer paper. The other solution is to change the color of the headstock for a paler coloring.

My first reaction was to keep the guitar logo free.… Continue reading

Guitar Finish – Nitrocellulose Lacquer Spray – DIY SG Kit Part 2

How to Apply nitrocellulose lacquer spray

sg kit 1This post is going to show you how to finish a guitar kit using a nitrocellulose lacquer spray can.

This is the second article in the series dedicated on how to Build your Own Guitar Kit the right way. In the first post, I was explaining how to clue the set-in neck and how to paint the guitar using a nitrocellulose spray paint.

Actually, the nitrocellulose spray paint I used in the first video includes the paint and the varnish. The extra coat of nitrocellulose lacquer I’m going to add in this video wasn’t needed. You can actually skip that part depending on your budget or the model of guitar kit you are working on.

Here is why:

I decided to apply an extra coat of varnish because the SG guitar has a set neck painted with the same color as the body. Nitrocellulose paint is perfectly fine for a body surface, but for the neck, I wanted a smoother finish. Like a pro… Continue reading

Build your Own Guitar – Gluing Set Neck & Painting – DIY SG Kit Part 1

Build Your Own SG Guitar Kit The Right Way

SG Guitar KitI’m starting a series of article on how to build your own guitar kit the right way. This particular project features an SG guitar package. Each post is going to feature a video detailing every step needed to achieve an astonishing looking guitar and listing all the tools required to perform the task ideally.

The SG kit I am going to setup is not recommended for a starter kit. The reason is the set-in neck. Set necks are not that difficult to install, but if you fail, it’s tough to correct yourself.

The idea to make your guitar using kits is to avoid the cost of a luthier. Having to pay one at the first step of your first kit is not wise. That’s why I advise you to start with a bolt-on neck type and to go to a more advanced plan after having gained some experience on easier models.

If you are used to woodwork, you can start right… Continue reading

Portable Acoustic Guitar Preamp – The Nux PA-2

Affordable Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor

Portable Acoustic Guitar PreampThe Nux PA-2 was launch in 2013. It is the counterpart of much dearer acoustic preamps such as the zoom A3 and the new G – natural from TC electronic.

Each guitar effect is limited, and depending on your need, some might fit you better than other. Personally, I had a Zoom A3 not too long ago, and I sold it on eBay because I wasn’t using it enough. I’m an electric guitar player, and at the time, I was using it rarely. I felt it was a waste of money to have such a top unit sleeping on a shelf being use once every blue moon. It was also difficult to use, and the sound was too artificial for my taste. Electronic devices lose value almost instantly and within a few years I’ll wouldn’t have been able to resell it for $50.

Since then, I started to use my acoustic guitars more often, and I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the sound I get plugging… Continue reading

How to Build your Own Guitar kit and Make it Better than Established Guitar Brands – Sounds Impossible?

Build your own guitar kit – DIY guitar kit reviews

prs kit 1That idea might sound incredible, but you can craft an amazing instrument using a first price DIY guitar kit, and be able to surpass, or, at least, equal a guitar of an established brand. Part of this website is going to cover that subject regularly, posting step by step pictures and videos on how to build your own guitar kit.

The one misunderstanding is to think that you have to use precious woods and expensive parts to make a real electric guitar. You might also believe that it requires years of experience to create an excellent guitar. It’s true if you intend to build the entire body and neck from scratch. Those tasks require very expensive tools that need years of experience to master, and, of course, a dedicated workshop. (You can’t run a Rooter in your apartment on a regular basis). But it is quite easy to build an excellent instrument using a guitar kit. You just need… Continue reading

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