Here is a recent sample of the Aurora Drum wrap on an electronic set. Customer ordered a 22 x 22 wrap and we cut it down to fit his set. Great way to upgrade the look of your set.
We get a lot of inquiries about whether we make acoustic guitar wraps. The simple answer is yes all our uncut skins can be trimmed to fit most any acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars skins or wraps are actually easier to put on than most electric guitars because the edges are usually 90 degrees. This makes it easy to trim the edges. For those of you who have never put a skin on a guitar its not as difficult as you might think. We give you an instruction sheet with the skin. We also give you a sheet of clear acetate that you can mark out your bridge and neck and make smaller cuts out of your skin so it will be easier to lay on top of your guitar. The vinyl has a initial low tack adhesive with air channels so you can pick it up and put it back down. Once you get it where you want you can apply pressure to activate the adhesive.
As you can see with this picture an acoustic guitar skin can greatly enhance the look of your guitar. The skin is very thin (approx 4 mil) if your guitar has a polyurethane or a polyester based clear finish the skin may have a slight affect on the sound. You can tell if you have one of these finishes as they have a very glossy thick clear finish. Some guitars (usually higher end guitars) can have have a Nitrocellulose finish. We do not recommend you put a skin on these guitars. Nitrocellulose is a Lacquer based finish and not as glossy or as hard. We have put skins on these finishes and it works fine but we recommend you don’t leave them on for more than a year. The tone would be more affected on a nitrocellulose finish.
Any of the skins you see on our template cut skins are available in an uncut sheet. To see the uncut sheet products look here. Just make sure to pick an adequate size to go over the body of your guitar. We will be adding artwork often so you may want to check it once in awhile if you are looking for something already designed. If you have your own artwork you can use that check out our custom Guitar Skin Option here.
Here is an example of how cool powder coated stainless steel pickguards can look. This is a series 304 stainless that has been powder coated with the graphics embedded into the finish of the powder coat. Powder coated finishes are some of the most durable there are. The graphics can be photographic in quality and with this particular one we have some glitter in the powder coat. If that isn’t enough the powder coat has uv reflective pigment when the uv or blacklights shine on this guard the lighter colors will pop like they are lit. The pigment in the powder coat also reacts to full spectrum lighting especially with the metalic glitter in the powder coat.
We have this new process available for many different templates of pickguards. Some wonder how it affects the sound. Bill Lawrence has done extensive research on this and he made mention that steel and aluminum can have issues with eddying and interference with pick-ups and dampening the high end of some pickups but stainless series 300 has no magnetic attraction or any of the cons of the other metals. You know you will see these guitars that cost thousands of dollars and they have a rather cheap plastic pickguard doesn’t seem to make sense.
This is a very unusual pick guard. It is a powdered coated stainless steel (series 304). The graphics are into the finish of the pick guard so it is not only very beautiful but very durable. The pigment in the white powder coat has a uv reflective component making it really pop if there are any uv black lights shining on the stage. Stainless steel series 304 is the perfect metal for a pick guard according to Bill Lawrence as it does not have any magnetic interference or eddying problems yet it still acts as a shielding for fm and other unwanted signals. We currently have about 8 pick guard templates that we can create custom steel pick guards for. We can use almost any image and the process can be photographic in detail. We also can have a metal glitter in the finish which looks really cool. This process combines the best of the metal attributes with the best of graphic capability resulting in a superior product. Click here to order this product
We now have an online designer for custom drum heads. You can upload your custom artwork or design the head with our designer. Either way you can see what the design will look like at size on the head. This is a great way to make sure your graphics fit the head. We have stock artwork, fonts and many tools to aid you in the designing of your head. This designer is not meant to take the place of a professional design software but does work if you don’t have access to one.
We currently are offering two options. One is a head graphic that you would install on your head. This is a thin vinyl graphic with a laminate that has an air release and low initial contact adhesive for easy installation. Once you apply pressure the adhesive kicks in and results in great adhesion to your head. We also provide an installation sheet to aid in the process. We also offer the graphic installed on an Evans head for those who want the complete head and graphic already installed. You can pay with either PayPal or standard credit cards.
If you need a head with custom graphics and would rather we do the graphics we can do that as well. just give us a call and let us know.
We just finished wrapping a Jackson guitar as a promotion for a company called twelve ounce denim. the guitar showcases some of the material / fabric they use in their business. the top and sides are a picture of the grommets they use and the back is a picture of the denim type fabric. It’s really a great way to showcase one’s business or brand with a very unusual product. We also went over the humbuckers with the graphic to give it more visibility.
I was talking with a music store owner the other day regarding our guitar skin products. He wasn’t interested in them as they seemed in his words cheap. I’ve heard the story it goes like this they have edges they don’t hold up they don’t look like they belong on a guitar yada yada yada. This is one of the mindsets we encounter when we attempt to change an icon that has a “traditional” mindset regarding what can and what can’t be done. I encountered a similar mindset back in the late 80′s when we began putting vinyl graphics on vehicles. Old school painters dissed it like it was some cheap sticker that was going to wash off in the car wash. I can understand that after spending years of learning a craft it would be a huge threat to see someone with a computer and a cutter create lettering in minutes that until then only highly skilled lettering artists were able to do. This doesn’t mean one doesn’t have to learn the skill of good design it simply means progress has opened the door to better ways to execute that design. I remember well early on getting a customer from one of these highly skilled artists complaining that the paint on the back window of a vehicle he had lettered kept coming off in the car wash. I assured the customer that the vinyl we were using wouldn’t come off as we were putting graphics on cement truck drums and they were even putting acid on the drums and the graphics were holding up fine. eventually this lettering artist had to bite the dust of progress and get into digital graphics.
It seems the same type of mindset is in the music industry. after all vinyl is cheap isn’t it? well lets look at that. remember when Eddie Van Halen put tape on his guitar and created an iconic image? today that image is worth milliions of dollars, right now they have Nike in court for trademark infringement on that image. you mean that cheap tape thing? This is what I mean by missing the forest for the trees: focusing on the concept of value concerning the tape itself may look and perform like and missing the bigger potential the graphic image the tape had.
Today we have a vinyl product that is light years beyond what Eddie used on his strat. yet there still is the cry by traditionalists that it is cheap. We are currently negotiating a third art project for a billion dollar company to put their logo / artwork on this “cheap” product. It seems one has to look at the forest to see how the trees fit into the big picture. before the 4 minute mile record was broken everyone thought it was impossible but for a few. once it was broken it began to be broken again and again. The mind is a very powerful thing when focused on the right objec