You want your fake plastic guitar to look awesome, right? Of course you do!
One of the easiest and best bang-for-the-buck mods I’ve found is the silver metallic sharpie. Behold:
You can pick up a Silver Metallic Sharpie for a buck or two at your local office supply store.
Judicious use of the silver metallic sharpie can make those fake plastic guitars look really sharp– like, say, adding some metallic interest to those little “dots” on the fret board of the Les Paul:
It also makes the bolts on the end of the Xplorer guitar look really neat, too:
It may take two coats with the metallic silver sharpie to get good results, but it’s not difficult. Just be patient and work slowly, then let it dry for 10 minutes or so. You could also color in the raised “bars” on the fret board, but I found a little goes a long way– these aren’t real guitars, no matter how much we rock out on them. A bit of silver helps break up the monotonous blackness of the default guitar neck.
For reference, here’s what a real guitar fretboard and neck looks like– copied from the awesome Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia site:
As you can see, quite a bit of shiny metal there.