ART_Custom Helix Pick Guard

IMG_1251 I get so excited whenever I get a commission for a new pick guard because they are so small that I can do them quickly, yet I still get to challenge myself with the placement of images and text on such an odd shape. This request was from a guitar-playing biologist, that wanted a gold guard with outline, his initials, and an (accurate) DNA helix. He gave me freedom with choosing the script for his initials, and I decided to use the Gibson guitar font because that's what model this guard will get screwed onto. I am excited to have done another guard and like the eye catching look of this one!

Also check out the video at the bottom of this post to watch the sketching and painting process of this piece!

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Thanks for checking out my work! Please check out my Etsy shop if you're interested in a custom guard!

DIY_Portable Pedalboard Case

IMG_0285 Jake and I have been discussing how to make a portable case for his guitar pedals for a while now. His original plan was to use a vintage suitcase, but we scored this old cassette case at Goodwill instead for 7 bucks. While the dimensions of your case may vary, these general tips will be enough to help you make your own!

UPDATE: This case is now sold, but we'd love to build a custom one just for you! Email me</strong> if you're interested.

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Supplies needed: a portable case, a wood plaque (9"x12"), hot glue, matching felt, industrial strength velcro, scissors, and pedals. All of our materials (except for the case) we picked up at Michael's.

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First we removed the cassette tray from the case by simply pulling it out.

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We then cut felt to fit inside the bottom, and hot glued it on to give it a cleaner look. We also repaired the original felt on the seam that was detached, with hot glue.

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Next we cut three equal strips of the fuzzy side of the industrial strength velcro, and attached it to the wood board.

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We then added the loop side of the velcro to the pedals.

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Jake then arranged his pedals in the order that worked for him. The velcro is great because it allows you to try multiple configurations. Remember to leave a little breathing room in between pedals and inside the case for the cords to plug in. (By the way, Jake also made these orange cables himself!)

At this point, just set the board into the case and you are done! It is removable so that you can take it out for playing gigs. If your pedals aren't snug inside, you could also attach some soft foam to the inside of the lid of the case to secure the pedals while you carry the case.

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And here is the finished product! If you plan and measure, this project can turn out really well! We got lucky that the pedals fit so well inside, but if you're struggling, I suggest testing different thicknesses of wood to get you the perfect fit.

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Thanks so much for reading! Check out our other DIY projects here and don't forget to follow on Bloglovin'!

ART_Monogrammed Custom Pickguard

DSC_0571 edit I had the idea to add custom painted pick guards to my Etsy shop, after working on this DIY. I was excited to have an order come in right after, and did this quick little design for the client on a Les Paul guard. She asked for a simple frog silhouette and name in black, and it came out just as I had planned. I'm looking forward to more orders like these that are small scale projects.

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If you are interested in a custom pick guard, please check out this listing in my Etsy shop!

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