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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Preserving Signatures?

Hey, all. I got my Ibanez Jem 7VWH's tremolo cover signed by Vai and Satriani. I was wondering what I can use to attempt to preserve these signatures? The marker Vai used comes off REAL easy. Would clear fingernail hardener or polish work? I'd imagine tape would work, but if you ever tried to take it off, the signatures would come off with it. Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 05:32 PM
 
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I wrapped saran wrap around mine temporarily until I find a more permanent hold.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 06:07 PM
 
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To be honest i would have said to either get is signed somewhere where it wont get warn off (like the truss rod cover or something), or just keep it in a box and dont use it. If its the trem cover, most people i know dont keep it on their guitar anyway!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 09:34 PM
 
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thats funny, i was about to post the same thread! i recently got my jem's back headstock signed by the man and satriani, hehe. im looking for something that will go on the wood, right under the tuning machines? thanks
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Personally, I wouldn't think you'd need to cover that signature behind the headstock. I'm sure that would have a hell of a hard time getting rubbed off. I could be wrong though. Anyone have more suggestions for protecting the trem cover signatures?
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 11:46 PM
 
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I've also been interested in the best way to coat the visible part of the tremplate cover - got a vai sig myself.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 04:33 AM
 
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Could you get a thin clear piece of plastic thats about 80% the size of the guard. Lay it down and adhere it with say superglue? making sure it's watertight.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 09:09 AM
 
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You could do that, but then your altering the guitar, which is undesirable. Especially if yo want to re-sell one day (I know I won't resell though).

I was thinking a clear plastic adhesive, like the stuff they put on the pickguards....when it needs replacing, it can be replaced. If removal is neccessary, no problem.
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I've gotten about 20 various trem covers signed by a bunch of different people (but 7 of them are signed by Vai). I've just gotten replacement covers for the guitars that the covers came from (all but 2 of which are now long gone).

It's easier to get a replacement cover than to hassle with trying to keep plastic or whatever on the signed one.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 11:26 AM
 
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I once got Vai to sign my Jem7vwh backplate too, but it wore off real quick. If I ever get him to sign it again I might preserve the signature by flipping the backplate during regular use, thus removing the constant aesthetic benefit but adding to the potential mystical effect of the signature being closer to the innerts of the guitar. (Or maybe that sounds silly. Yes, it does. But it preserves the signature I guess.) I could always flip it back again for show.
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 12:09 PM
 
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I have my trem cover signed also, I put a couple of pieces of wide clear packing tape over it......but I did take it off and bought a new one.....
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 02:04 PM
 
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Altering the trem cover is hardly altering the guitar, or going to hinder the value.
I'd like to see someone say "nah I'd rather not have Vai's signature on a removable part of a guitar that is Vai's signature model"

:P
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 04:29 PM
 
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Take it off and leave it in the case pocket. You have no need for the cover anyways unless you have a bulbous fatroll like me and it knocks yer whammy out of tune*lol*.
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Altering the trem cover is hardly altering the guitar, or going to hinder the value.
I'd like to see someone say "nah I'd rather not have Vai's signature on a removable part of a guitar that is Vai's signature model"

:P
Hey, ya never know
But you do have a point. The tremplate is easily replaceable anyway.


How about using like nail polish clear coat drawn ontop of the sig?
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2003, 02:27 PM
 
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i recently had some stuff signed at the HOB show in Orlando and i was told by a pro tech to spray Defthane satin in light misting coats (tape off all parts that you don't want sprayed) and use 600 grit sand paper to smooth it out as it will be a "stuccoed" finish. that is the remedy i'm going to try for the signature i got on the back of the headstock of my handmade Jem77VCM (vine/chrome/mahogany) custom. i took the plate off of my new RG570 and unfortunately he signed it with a black sharpie before i could hand him my silver paint marker . that plate will go on my custom Jem77VRMC (vine/red/multi-color) "DiabloIII".
i plan to take the trem plate off the guitar when in use or just buy a second for use and keep the signed one for display when the guitar isn't in use.
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