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  • Refinishing PRS -- Where to get custom decals printed?

    I'm currently working on a refinish of a 2011 PRS SE Singlecut. The neck snapped off the guitar, but cleanly, which allowed me to do a neck reset, which was a success. I've played and recorded with it since then-still sounds and plays great. Afterwards, I'm left with ugly battle scars along the heel and neck joint. So I decided to do a total refinish, since a spot touch-up, with my painting skills, would be ugly.

    The guitar was finished in Antique White, which I LOVE. I'm redoing that on the top, but leaving it natural on the back, neck, and headstock. In doing this, I will have to remove the serial number from the back of the headstock (btw, it's serial number L12300, making it a 2011 model). I still want the serial number on the guitar, so I reproduced the entirety of the text on the back of the headstock, right down to the accurate fonts (Apparently Excelsior LT in bold makes for a hell of a serial number font when tweaked right).

    For example, here is the back of the headstock of a 2008 SE Singlecut Trem, displayed on Elderly:
    [IMG]http://elderly.com/vintage/items/images/30U/30U-17762_headstock-back.jpg[/IMG]

    And here is the overlay I did on Photoshop CS2 (yeah I know I'm in the stone age). It's not perfect, but I can always tweak it in the PSD file:
    [IMG]http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p526/dhenry1988/Project_PRS_serial_decal.jpg[/IMG]

    Where could I have a decal printed for this, for a reasonable price? I've tried printing my own, 1) but I suck at it, and 2) I need white and gold inks, since the background of the text will be the natural mahogany, instead of the black I used so the text would show up.

    NOTE: I AM NOT ATTEMPTING TO COUNTERFEIT A GUITAR. THE ONLY REASON I WANT TO REPRODUCE THIS TEXT IS SO IT WILL NOT BE CONFUSED WITH ANOTHER PRS, AND TO PRESERVE THE SERIAL NUMBER, FOR POTENTIAL RESALE.


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    I am not sure if even that is legal, maybe some others will know for sure.

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    • dhenry4eight
      dhenry4eight commented
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      I don't know why it wouldn't be ok. I mean, I'm only putting the original serial number (I cannot stress this enough!!) back on after I refinish it, so if I were to sell it, it could be identified as a legitimate PRS SE. It's not like I'm putting a bogus number on one of those Tradetang POS knockoffs.

  • #3
    Company logos and text are trade marked and copyrighted. It is highly unlikely you could legally reproduce one. I would suggest contacting PRS before going any further. I've heard they're a good company to deal with.
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    • GilmourD
      GilmourD commented
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      Why not do it up like EVH did with the 5150 Kramer headstock, except you tape off the boundary and don't sand beyond that. That way you can leave the original decals and whatnot on there.

       


  • #4
    I think you should put a Gibson logo on it and post pics back on this forum. Then we can all have a good laugh as the ****************fest comedy ensues.

    Trust me on this! It will be a riot and well worth the trouble.

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  • #5
    @GilmourD: I like that idea. A forumite at the My Les Paul forum suggested that too, and if at all possible I'm gonna do it. Would save lots of hassle.

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