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My replica of Dexter's old RG
I got the itch to refinish a guitar again, and had a beat up Ibanez GRG hanging around that wasn't getting much love as of late. I wasn't planning to do this at first, I had initially thought up a bunch of different original paint finish ideas, and visual mods. One day when I had been planning out some things for the design, I at some point came across a picture of Dexter playing this guitar, and just thought it would be so cool to have a replica of it. I loved his guitar when I was little, there wasn't a cooler guitar out there to me. So I went out, bought the paints, replicated the stickers, and 2 weeks later this is the end result!
There's probably still a few spots I'll end up touching up as I find them, but I don't think I could have gotten much closer in 2 weeks. The stickers were the hardest part to come up with a solution for. Most of them were made in MSpaint while looking at a picture of Dexter's RG, while the Taz sticker I traced off my computer screen from the picture, and hand painted. The puma sticker or whatever that thing is was just colored with a black sharpie. I also converted the pickup mounts from rings, to direct-to-wood mount. Aaaaaand that was a bitch of a job hahaha. Spent a whole day yesterday trying to get it to work, they're more or less held in with nails now.
As for the headstock, I wanted to have a chrome Ibanez logo like my RG has, but had no idea how to find one. One day I was at a bus stop, and found a smashed out cellphone. The screen was all busted apart, and one of the layers that made it up was a paper thin chrome sheet. So I took it home, traced the Ibanez logo on it, and spent half an hour trying to cut it with scissors and not fuck up Got it perfect in the end. You can't really see the fact that it's chrome here, but it looks decent in real life.
Lastly, just a side by side comparison. The copper color on mine could have been darker, and I couldn't find a metallic lime green paint, so I used the fluorescent green from when I painted my RG in rasta colors, but in the end the stickers are enough to distract from that. I'm happy with the end result, let me know what you all think!