I’m the kind of person that always sees something and thinks, “Well I can make that” – and skips on the purchase thinking I’m going to make. Unfortunately, I rarely get around to actually making whatever it is I saw. But when it came to Guitar Hero skins for the guitar controller, I knew it was something I could actually do and get done.
The skins are basically stickers you put on your guitar to change the look of the guitar. They are not stickers in the sense of little stickers. these are typically full-body stickers or at least pick guard stickers, the latter of which I was interested in.
I found them in the stores for $15.00 and with a limited selection. I saw a Van Halen skin, a Zakk Wylde skin, and even a Cofederate Flag skin, none of which tickled my fancy. Then I realized it was just a big ol sticker – I can make that!
I’ve made my own stickers before. Back when CAVEradio was alive and well I made promo stickers as freebies. All it takes is contact paper. And in the case of this guitar sticker, I wanted to have my own design on the sticker. I wanted paisleys.
Don’t ask me why I wanted paisleys. I watched part of a Led Zepplin DVD not too long ago and seeing Jimmy Page play made me think of a paisley guitar…I don’t know why.
Anyway…my first thought was to paint my guitar. Take it apart and spray paint it, then use model paint to put the design on. But that was too much trouble. Plus, what happens when I don’t like the look anymore? I would have to repaint it. A sticker saves me the trouble, and using contact paper saves me money, uses my creativity, and lends itself to endless possibilities.
After a few trial and error tests, I got my guitar sticker just right (enough) and it doesn’t look too bad. Sure, it’s not a store-quality type thing, but (much like my old car), it has character that can’t be beat – plus I know it is a design that no one else has.
And because the activity was so successful and easy, I decided to share it with the world…so please stop by the Guitar Hero page here at The Toast. Click below or use the promo ad to the right.