How to protect autographed JEMs - Discussion of JEM finish &
Anyone, please help,
I have seen quite a few JEMs out there that have been signed by Steve Vai. Recently I got my JEM7VWH signed by Steve Vai at "Nothing but guitars" event in New York City.
He signed the guitar with a Sharpie black permanent marker right underneath the bridge on the front of the guitar. The signature looks great!!!
I don't want to sell this guitar. I want to keep playing it. Does anyone know how to protect this signature from rubbing it off without destroying the instrument???
I showed it to a couple of guitar repair centers but they don't want to take the guitar for a re-finishing job because they are afraid to screw it up. They don't give any guarantees.
Everybody keeps telling me that if I had Steve sign the pickguard or the back of the headstock then things would have been much easier. But he has already signed the body. The ink is right on the white finish. It can still be rubbed off with a finger if pressure is applied.
What can I do? I don't know anything about these urethane, polyester, nitrocellulose, etc. lacquers.
Someone mentioned the guy called Phil Patillo in New Jersey but that's about it. I don't know anything else about him.
Should I lacquer it? Put some plastic on top of the signature? or what?