March 19, 2008

Adding Flair to Your Guitar With a Silver Metallic Sharpie

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:

Les Paul guitar with metallic silver fret dots

It also makes the bolts on the end of the Xplorer guitar look really neat, too:

Xplorer guitar with metallic fret bolts

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:

real guitar fretboard closeup

As you can see, quite a bit of shiny metal there.

Just did this with both my Xplorer and Les Paul. Difference is like night and day — I would even consider displaying my Les Paul controller now, as a form of kitschy cool.

Thanks for the tip!

March 25, 2008 at 6:49 am

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