How to Decorate a Punk Guitar

by Valerie Lauer

Punk music hit the mainstream in the 1970s, and today names such as Dead Kennedys, The Clask, The Misfits, NOFX and Black Flag are linked with the heavy-hitting music. The raucous tones of punk clamor for a wicked shredding machine. If you are a punk guitarist, consider decorating your guitar. Think of it as a way to pay homage to punk originators.

Items you will need

  • Decals
  • Guitar wrap
  • Guitar strap
  • Stickers
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Pick guard
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Step 1

Decide on a decoration scheme. Punk guitars frequently sport band stickers, or you can consider a custom punk paint job. Custom guitar wraps are available online.

Step 2

Collect your materials. Purchase punk guitar stickers, guitar decals, guitar wraps, painter's tape and other materials.

Step 3

Select materials that will not harm your punk guitar. Use painter's tape instead of duct tape to avoid spoiling the guitar's finish. Purchase decals and stickers specifically designed for guitars.

Step 4

Prepare the guitar by removing all hardware from the surface. If you plan on painting your punk guitar, consider priming the surface and taping off any hardware you could not remove.

Step 5

Attach a custom pick guard to add instant punk appeal.

Step 6

Position decorations away from important punk guitar hardware. Do not block string entrances or plugs. Any fret decorations should not get in the way of your strings.

Step 7

Flatten decals, wraps or stickers with a credit card to ensure they are applied smoothly to your punk guitar.

Step 8

Allow decorations time to adhere completely or dry. Reattach your punk guitar's hardware.

Step 9

Attach a custom punk guitar strap to complete the look.

Step 10

Rock out with your custom-decorated punk guitar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider purchasing a guitar that already has punk design elements to save yourself some time.

About the Author

Based in Nashville, Valerie Lauer has been writing for local and national media since 2004. She has written for the "Williamson Herald," "Murfreesboro Pulse," "The Record" and "The Alumni Record." She has worked as a cellular phone technician since 2008. Valerie has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.

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