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Posted: 3/6/2017 12:49:44 PM EST
About a year ago, I asked my 7 year old daughter, who loves art, if she wanted to paint a guitar for me. She jumped at the chance, so I acquired a telecaster body already painted in Arctic white and sanded the clear coat off.

I gave her a huge set of Posca paint markers and let her do her thing. When it was finished, I put several clear coats of acrylic lacquer on it and assembled the parts I had ordered for it. Because she painted inside the control cavity, I had a custom cut clear cover made for it so the electronics and her painting are visible. Here are pics of the finished product (specs are below the pics):







Body: Warmoth telecaster in arctic white, rear routed
Neck: Fender MIM telecaster maple neck with maple board and Fender locking tuners
Pickups: TV Jones Brian Setzer signature filtertrons
Bridge: Babicz Full Contact Vintage Series 3-hole mount
Neckplate: Glendale "Extreme" Fat
Potentiometers: Bourns 500 kOhm audio pots
Capacitor: .022 orange drop
Switch: CRL 3-way
Knobs: Q-parts chrome red

She's not a hippie girl, but tends to paint like one. Anyway, I thought you music guys would like to see our custom creation. It sounds great, and my daughter gets a kick out of seeing me play it (I'm a complete hack, though).
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 12:56:39 PM EST
That is just awesome. That's something you will treasure forever. cool idea.
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Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:24:22 PM EST
That is just awesome!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:28:38 PM EST
I agree with the other folks........that is





AWESOME!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:31:31 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:31:50 PM EST
Very cool!!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:32:18 PM EST
Totally awesome.

Had it been my 7 year old, the motif would have been planes, cars, fire, guns and dinosaurs (fighting or pooping or both concurrently).

Come to think of it - that too could look great on a guitar!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:38:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By kallnojoy:
Totally awesome.

Had it been my 7 year old, the motif would have been planes, cars, fire, guns and dinosaurs (fighting or pooping or both concurrently).

Come to think of it - that too could look great on a guitar!
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Ha. My original plan was to have both of my kids, including my 10 year old son, work on it either mixed or half and half. My son lost interest in it which is probably just as well, as the two kids have no interests in common. My son's art would have been more like you describe. If you've ever seen those guitars that are done up like the outside of a WWII plane, that's what I imagine my son would create. Which would be awesome, too, but I doubt he wants to do it and I don't really want another long guitar project.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 1:58:27 PM EST
When I read the thread title I said oh no! Got in here and thought that looks pretty cool.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 3:10:38 PM EST
That's awesome.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 3:26:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By fish223:
totally fucking awesome

great job, i love it.
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My words EXACTLY when I saw it.

Awesome! There is just no other word for that guitar.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 3:50:33 PM EST
Spectacular, love it!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 6:57:10 PM EST
Damn, that's cool.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 7:45:53 PM EST
This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. You are a lucky man!
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 8:06:58 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Kekoa:
This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. You are a lucky man!
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Yes. Yes I am.

Thanks for all the kind words, fellas! So much of our children's art ends up in the trash over time, but this is one way to preserve some of it.
Link Posted: 3/6/2017 8:55:51 PM EST
AWESOME!!!
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 2:27:27 AM EST
Uh, that's really good. Wow. I'd play that live. 
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 4:32:21 AM EST
Pretty cool, good job!
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 6:08:50 AM EST
I like it!
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 6:15:33 AM EST
That is too cool If you were a rockstar, people would buy copies in a heartbeat
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 9:37:02 AM EST
Beautius she should do one for a charity auction.
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 9:46:27 AM EST
I don't think I've ever seen a guitar that made me feel a little weepy like this one did. Your daughter is a real artist, and that is a guitar is a real treasure. I'd play the heck out of it onstage, and tell everyone what it is. It looks a little like something Steve Vai would like. You should figure out a way to send him pictures, I bet he would respond.
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 11:09:30 AM EST
Instant family heirloom.

Awesome. 
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 1:50:00 PM EST
This is probably the coolest thread I've seen on this site. That's awesome.
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 1:58:18 PM EST
That is awesome! You and your daughter win the internet today.
Link Posted: 3/7/2017 4:24:05 PM EST
That's Awesome!
I was expecting a scrawling crayon drawing.
Link Posted: 3/9/2017 8:17:04 AM EST
That is soooo awesome!!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2017 9:25:36 AM EST
I don't even play guitar, but if my daughter did something like that for me I would cry and cherish it forever.
Link Posted: 3/9/2017 9:56:48 AM EST
Well done!
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 5:35:49 AM EST
I don't think I could do better
Outstanding Job,
Nice Tele
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 6:09:20 AM EST
Sofa king awesome!
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 6:26:04 AM EST
That is FANTASTIC!! Your kid has some skills already!!!
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 4:46:35 PM EST
Talent. that kid got it.
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 7:41:57 PM EST
That there sir is a masterpiece. I love it.

That's a talented little girl.
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 9:24:13 PM EST
She "loves chocolate"!
I agree, She wins the interwebs today!
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 10:18:14 PM EST
That's beautiful. The art is nice, but the love in it... gives me a big smile to see it, I can just imagine the feeling of the dad to play it.
Link Posted: 3/10/2017 10:36:39 PM EST
Wow, that's looks really great, the colors really pop and your kiddo did a great job! Great idea!
Link Posted: 3/11/2017 12:43:18 PM EST
That's pretty cool OP! My 10 year old daughter is very artistic and you have given me an idea to do something similar.
Link Posted: 3/11/2017 1:10:11 PM EST
Cool idea!

Great work.
Link Posted: 3/13/2017 3:55:17 PM EST
When you said 7 year old I expected . That's actually pretty cool for seven!
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 8:40:35 AM EST
My first thought was someone found a rattle can and made a damn mess of everything but WOW...
Talented young lady.. She should do some on consignment.
That kinda stuff would sell.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 8:48:05 AM EST
Love the drawings of "me" and "dad" on the back! The whole thing is so cool.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 3:32:58 PM EST
OP get someone who knows what they are doing to put a clear coat over that to protect it.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 7:07:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2017 7:18:53 PM EST by TEOTWAWKI]
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Originally Posted By StewartTR:
OP get someone who knows what they are doing to put a clear coat over that to protect it.
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Oh, believe me, it has a clear coat on it. If anything it has too much! I'm more worried about gradual yellowing than anything damaging the paint.

Thanks so much for the compliments, guys. It means a lot. My daughter spent a lot of time working on it, over school breaks and such. She really takes her time and is very detail oriented.

ETA: I should also say that purple is her favorite color, hence the strap.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 7:15:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Kingstrider:
That's pretty cool OP! My 10 year old daughter is very artistic and you have given me an idea to do something similar.
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If you do something like we did, I can highly recommend the Posca paint markers. They go on smoothly and have brilliant colors. There's no erasing though. My daughter roughly sketched in pencil before applying the paint markers.
Link Posted: 3/18/2017 9:43:05 AM EST
You know, the way that she did the colors in the hand? That tells me that she may have a knack for doing multicolored dye jobs on figured wood using the dye and sand technique.
Link Posted: 3/18/2017 11:15:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/18/2017 11:17:57 AM EST by eracer]
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Originally Posted By krustyone:
That is just awesome. That's something you will treasure forever. cool idea.
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You are a great Dad.  And your daughter is an awesome artist.


I wonder what she could do with a bunch of Pmags...
Link Posted: 3/19/2017 1:33:40 PM EST
That is just awesome. Wow.
Link Posted: 4/21/2017 1:41:00 PM EST
great work
Link Posted: 4/21/2017 1:47:26 PM EST
I love chocolate

Looks nice!

My son's would have trucks all over it.
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