Discussion in 'Project Depot' started by rrobbone, Sep 15, 2019.
May i humbly suggest
John Goodman ? I thought that was Stevebway....ha ha ha
Here is a headstock I did for a customer.
See my avatar.
I could do with as spiny norman guitar or perhaps a Cardinal Richelieu model.
Speed Racer would be boss!
Your work is spectacular!
I've actually put some time into this very subject looking for cool graphics to add to guitars and pedals. I don't know if I can find it all right now but I'll throw some stuff out just in case you dig any of it.
May have to remove the QOTSA part from this first one.
Lot of cool stuff here. Problem is what 1 or 2 graphics will define you to the point of putting it on a guitar or 2. Sure @tobijohn could put his fav 30 or 40 pop graphics on guitars and still have plenty left over. He could just say "I feel like playing my Homer Simpsons strat" or "I need to play my Harriet Tubman LP Jr for black history month" ans still have lots of identical CSB LPs to get through the next month.
But the rest of us? Do I really want a Spiny Norman guitar for the inside joke that will only be caught by 3 people my whole life?
If I had to pick one for some reason I keep coming back to John Steed and Emma Peel. I have no idea why.
The silhouette of Paul Simonon would look good on a body and appropriate on a bass.
EGADS! I've still got the hots for Mrs. Peel!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's often the difficult part of it. Staying within what would be accepted/understood/interpreted by the largest swath of people (potential customers) while still remaining somewhat edgy so the new owner can feel like a bad ass.
The Python references are great, but that's a guitar graphic that I'd make for myself in that it would be something more personal. I'd probably think one of Python's Gumbys stenciled on a bass would be funny as hell (I'd put "Dinsdale!" on the back of that one), but most people likely wouldn't even recognize John Cleese's silly walk. The image has to have broad appeal while still being somewhat easy to subvert in some subtle way. The demographic of people familiar with farting in someone's general direction just isn't a large target to hit. I sell mainly over Reverb (and in a niche category at that), and they're not there looking for pop culture references. I have to have something strong enough to pop out of the screen, smack someone in the face and change their G.A.S. addled mind about what guitar they are planning to build.
Like the image of Arnie in Commando posted earlier: I saw that and immediately thought that it would look awesome if I just stenciled his head (and an exaggerated cigar and facial features) with super simple lines and made it look like a big vinyl sticker. That would be an image boiled down to it's simplest message and is far and wide recognizable without being derivative. People tend to take on the image of the things they wear, and this might be seen as saying, "I'm a badass, but with a sense of humor."
The "Cake or Death" Stratocaster guitar body would likely sit in the shop for an eternity before someone even understood the reference - and then he's got to pull his wallet out and buy the damned thing, at a price that makes it worth my time. I have far more niche and obscure ideas than I think would ever be worth committing time to if I'm looking for sales... and I kinda am.
I'm super proud of my Wyld Stallyuns SG body. I love that thing, I think it looks great. Even so, I'd expect it to languish in my Reverb shop if I ever posted it for sale. Even with the third Bill and Ted movie well into production.
Jeez, it's a good thing I'm not trying to make a living doing this! It sounds like a really shitty business plan all typed out like that. Still, I enjoy it and the fun is in the crafting for me. Once it's finished, I've had my fun. I sell them just to get them out of the house and fund a few new toys. I just post it and if it sells, it sells. If it doesn't, so be it. Shitty business plan, but I'm waaaaay into the black by now!
Compounding the issue is a simple matter of space available on the front of a guitar. It's a rather oddly shaped canvas and requires some careful fuckery so the focal point isn't under the bridge or pickups. The image of Walter Sobchak on the guitar in the first post was flipped from the original. In the movie, the gun is in his right hand.
In any case, thanks for all the input. I'm getting some inspiration from this thread, and I've got one or two things to plot out. Please, keep 'em coming!
Um, can I use that on my tombstone?
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