Favored Nations wrote:
Great job. Where'd you get the stickers?
I scoured the internet first, (skate sticker websites, ebay, online stores, forums,... you name it) then I re-drew from scans the ones I could not find, I then had them reprinted by various methods, including commercial printers to get the right finishes, (neon stickers can only be screen printed or offset printed (neither of which I have access to)), between all of that it took a couple of years and a boat load of money. But it was worth every cent. I spent easily 300 hours looking for the stickers, when I realized I was hitting a wall on some of them I turned to my background in graphic arts to figure out another solution.
I have to blame the luthier I work with for the whole thing, as he challenged me to do it, I said how hard can it be..... the joke turned out to be on me. When I realized how hard the stickers were going to be to collect I decided I was going to have to do a damn good job aging the guitar to make it worth while, or all the money and time to acquire the stickers would be a waste so I did the best job I could on it? I am very picky about my work, and I am proud of the way this came out. It has a lot more character in real life (much like the real one for sure), the photos can't capture all the nuance, Hey, it made Vai do a double take.... Mission Accomplished!!!
I build these as a hobby, so it is more fun and personal, and deeply gratifying to be part of the process, not just a guy writing a check, I choose projects that have a deep meaning and are complicated to do. Otherwise, it is just like every other guitar. I have a seven string green meanie I am working on, I wanted to bring them both at the same time, but I just couldn't do it, between my business demands and my personal life, I just plain ran out of time, and now in retrospect seeing how busy Vai is, It would have been too much to bring another one. There is always the next tour!!!
That was you there.. Seann? if it was, you are a lucky guy! One of the coolest jobs in the world, to me anyways.