Sometime after moving down to California I decided that I wanted to get a guitar. I had never really had an opportunity to play any sort of musical instrument – my family never had enough money to splurge on things such as that, but I knew that I wanted to at least try. I deliberated on it for awhile before actually getting one and did a lot of research before finally setting my sights on a Fender Starcaster. It’s not a high end guitar by any means, but I didn’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on something that I might not use or even enjoy much. Additionally, I found a kit that came with the guitar, a bag, a mini-amp, a tuner, a cable, picks, extra strings… everything someone getting started would need. Additionally, it has an ivory-colored body, maple fretboard, and bronze pick guard.
Months after receiving it and learning some of the basics, I decided that I should decorate it. While the entirety of the guitar was and still is beautiful, it’s also begging to be decorated. I spent many more months occasionally playing with ideas of what to do with the guitar, when I had an enlightening conversation with a friend. I’m a huge fan of Speed Racer, but also a huge fan of Star Trek, so I’d been waffling between the two properties and how to decorate it when I, in the middle of a conversation, just decided to start sketching something out.
I worked on it later that night and refined it down over the course of a few days. I then spent the following weeks fiddling with it on the computer, tweaking it down and refining it. I also spent a fair amount of time locating a good template for it, as it had to be made to exact specifications of the guitar and pick guard, since the whole design covered aspects of the front of the guitar body.
I have yet to get the design printed and applied to my guitar, but I’m extremely satisfied with the end result. Even seeing the design just on a template is pleasing. I can’t wait to see it on my guitar!
This post was written by Mikal