Where to get a headstock decal made?

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  1. JMarck

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    Where can I get one custom made for a strat I'm making? I'm not looking to use a Fender decal. Would making one myself be easier? Any help is appreciated!

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  2. auraelux

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    are you looking for a Fender one? Or are you looking to make your own design?
     
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    I'm looking to make my own design.
     
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    I made my on with decal transfer paper and PowerPoint!
    This one's on a Shell Pink Parts-o-caster.
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    Where do you get the transfer paper?
     
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    I got the paper on-line somewhere....I think it was marketed as motorcycle decal.

    I'll try to post the decal I made for my Warmoth Strat next week.
     
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    If it is just letters and numbers you want then try your local hobby shop. They have these sheets of decals, letters and numbers in various types of script which only cost pennies. The ones I mean are similar to the ones in models where you soak them in water to free them from the backing. When I did my partscaster and had sanded and stained the headstock I put on my initials in capitals followed by stratocaster I then sprayed this with clear lacquer. It looks great and very professional.




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  10. littledreamer

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    This is your jazz guitar I take it?

    To the OP, there are people on evil bay who can make custom decals.
     
  11. Badfinger

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    Nah, the word Bluetone was from my company I formed a few years ago (management consulting). When I moved back to Chicago, I just used the name Bluetone as my signature guitar, if you will. I didn't like the idea of putting a Fender decal on it, this seemed appropriate. So now I have Bluetone Guitars:AOK
     
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    The decal site is great! Thanks for sharing that!

    Does anyone know what the "Fender" font is?
     
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    Try the TDPRI forum they have links for downloadable fonts and tips to imitate the Fender font. Also they say you can get waterslide decal paper for your computer printer at hobby shops. Wish I'd known that before I got into doing mother of pearl inlay...
     
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    Yes, go to the local hobby shop & get printable decal paper (Tester's works fine). I created a logo using Word Art (in Microsoft Word). I put the logo into a photo prgram to size it just right (printed several sizes on paper to cut out & try on headstock.) Once I had what I wanted, I printed it with my Inkjet printer on decal stock, let it dry & gave it light coats of nitro lacquer spray (on the uncut decal stock). Let that dry, cut out my logo, applied to headstock according to instructions, let it dry there for a few days & gave it 4 light coats of nitro overspray. Polished that out & it looks fine!
    Edit to add- you can also add & print out any clip art images as part of your decal logo.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies guys! Does anyone know how I can make my signature into a decal?
     
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    I bought some decal paper on eBay a couple of months back... failing that, just google it. Just one word of caution, though... make sure it's the CLEAR variety and doesn't have a white background. I made that mistake first time round!

    PS: A combination of PhotoShop and QuarkXpress does the job pretty well on the software side...
     
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    You can buy Testers waterslide inkjet paper at most hobby shops.
    Or you can buy it online here:
    http://www.beldecal.com/inkjet_decals.cfm

    If you have access to a laser printer, the ink is much more water resistant so buy the laser paper if you do.

    If you have word processor software such as MS Word or similar, design your logo and duplicate it so it will fill a sheet of the paper a bunch of times.

    In other words, one sheet will have many of your logo's on it.

    Print it out and let it dry good.

    Then what you want to do is mist on some clear lacquer to protect the ink from dissolving in water.
    You can find Deft clear nitro lacquer at most home improvement stores.

    Spray on a couple coats and let it dry overnight.

    Then cut out one of the logos using smooth curves around the logo,

    Take a small glass or cup of lukewarm water and put the decal in it for about 30 seconds.

    Take it out and lay it on a paper towel to shed some of the excess water.
    Now just carefully slide the decal off the paper onto your headstock.
    Take some toilet tissue and blot the decal and smooth it out to get any air bubbles out.
    Be careful doing this as the decal is very delicate and can rip easily.

    Then if you want, the next day spray the head stock with a few coats of lacquer to protect the decal.
    Start out light with a misting coat or the decal can crinkle up on you.

    If you want to bury the decal you will have to spray many coats and wet sand after about every 3-4 coats to level the lacquer.

    It takes quite a few coats to bury it, about 15 to 20 regular coats before the edges of the decal disappear.

    Hope this helps.
     
  18. George Johnson

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    Scan it and print it onto the waterslide paper.
     

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