Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Charvel refinished into DragonChaser
Is that watercolor original art on bare wood or at least over thinly finished matte nitro?
If it is that's so much more attractive than the plasticized look of a super thick acrylic airbrush as found on cheap, mass produced guitars. My guitar is also hand painted but it took a lot of work to strip poly finish down to wood and then seal it but make sure some grain was present.
If that were my guitar I wouldn't want to hide the great detail in the dragon's head and would probably move to a standard Fender type trem and ditch the oversized floyd. With me I am thinking of putting in a middle pickup (single coil) but I don't want to remove the artist's art that is there between the two humbuckers.
I have seen instances where a very expensive guitar like an ESP Custom Shop actually continues art right over the pickups but that must be close to impossible to pull off well. It would be nice if there were invisible pickups under the wood and a redesigned bridge that could easily be painted over like some old school Dano bridges. The first time I saw an original art guitar, it was watercolor over a slight butterscotch finish and the $500 dollar guitar was priced at $4000 dollars. It was a pretty renowned artist known for the standard canvas type art and the guitar was a one of a kind. Back then I preferred a cheap Jackson or BC Rich graphic and I didn't appreciate a hand painted piece of art. The ultimate instrument is probably Ringo Starr's handpainted grand piano done by Peter Max.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 04-13-2013 at 09:52 AM.