October 26th, 2016

The Ultimate DIY Custom Guitar Tutorial

Whether you play for fun or professionally, you want a guitar that represents you. But face it, a new and custom guitar is expensive. If you want that custom guitar of your dreams, you have to embrace your DIY side.

Doing your own guitar customization and personalization can save you anywhere from $200 to even a grand! Therefore, you can change your guitar’s look more often and style it up for different gigs, music videos, and photo shoots.

And you don’t have to be naturally crafty to make a cool custom guitar.

If you’re completely new to DIY, you’ve come to the right place. DIY guitar customization is easy to learn, and even the simplest tricks can take your guitar from boring to eye-catching.

So let’s break down the DIY custom guitar tips you have to know.

Come Up With A Custom Guitar Plan

If you want to do a great customization job on your own, you need to have a plan. Your guitar is your baby and winging it could be a huge mistake.

First, think about the overall look you want for your custom guitar. Ask yourself these questions while you brainstorm:

  • What color schemes appeal to me?
  • What mood am I going for?
  • What visuals inspire me? (Galaxies, mountain ranges, events, etc.)
  • What theme do I want to capture?

You don’t want to overwhelm your custom guitar with too much design and accouterments. That’s why it’s just as important to edit.

The following tools are extremely helpful for nailing down that final design:

  • Color Wheel: Use a color wheel to learn which colors go best with one another, otherwise known as supplementary and complementary colors.
  • Beginning drawing and painting books: Beginning art books can teach you basic techniques for composition.
  • Stencils: Stencils are great if you have difficulty drawing precise shapes.
  • Sketchpads and tracing vellum: Draw out your ideas first before customizing. Use tracing vellum to create more accurate designs.
  • Colored pencils: Use colored pencils to test out your color choices first.
  • Magazines and image libraries: Looking for inspiration to strike? Research magazines and online image libraries to inspire creative ideas.

Soup Up Your Custom Guitar Body with Stickers

Sick of looking at that plain guitar body?

Fortunately, this is one of the easiest remedies in the book. Adding special stickers and decals can completely change the style of your guitar. Moreover, they’re designed to mimic the look of real inlay work!

If you want to a space-age guitar, for example, add constellation decals to your body and star stickers to your fretboard. Likewise, leafy inlay and fretboard stickers would make for an eye-popping environmental design.

There are even simple decals that mimic the look of classic, all natural wood guitars. Basically, if you have an idea, there’s a good chance there’s a sticker for that.

Removable stickers and decals are especially helpful for children’s music teachers, wedding singers, birthday acts, and anyone else who needs to frequently change the look of their guitar.

Feeling Bold? Use Sharpies and Stencils

If you cringe at the word “sharpie” then you may want to look away for this one. However, one of the best ways to capture that tattooed look is with sharpies and stencils.

Most importantly, you can create a more personal, “lived in” look with sharpies. You tell stories as a musician, and a custom guitar covered in doodles is a story in itself.

To nail down a cool doodled look, practice your doodles on a separate piece of paper first. Free draw any symbols, letters, words, or iconography that strikes you. You can also use tracing paper and magazines to collect more images.

You could also design a large graphic to sharpie onto your guitar instead. For this technique, you’ll want to draw a pencil outline on the guitar first. You can’t afford to make any mistakes with a sharpie in hand.

Don’t forget that sharpies come in different colors, not just classic black, so have at it!

Upgrade Your Tuners

Don’t let this tip slip through the cracks.

Just the simplest turner upgrade can make a world of difference. Consider these designs for your custom guitar:

  • Multi-colored metallic tuners: These are great for adding a simple splash of color.
  • Antique brass tuners: Perfect for creating a classic, sophisticated look.
  • Skull and crossbones tuners: Ideal for metal bands and goth shows.
  • Owl tuners: These guys really stand out, and perfect for young beginners.
  • Steampunk style: Add metal engraved tuners to give your guitar a subtle steampunk touch.

You can also clip on digital tuners to fine-tune your sound with even more accuracy.

Re-Design Your Guitar Straps & Other Accessories

Your guitar strap is one of the easiest elements you can change.

You can run out to the mall, but you need a wide selection to choose from.

Instead, more musicians and hobby players are opting to personalize their own guitar straps online using their own unique designs. Bands and small production companies, for example, can print their original logos on their straps, making online personalization a quick and cheap self-marketing tool.

With a new guitar strap in tow, you may want to consider these tiny but important details:

  • Tye a classic bandana around the nut of your guitar to nail down that vintage look.
  • Add new bindings to your electric guitar to freshen it up. Bindings come in a large selection of colors, swirls, marbleization.
  • Change out your guitar strings. Guitar strings come in different colors, glow in the dark, and metallics.
  • Switch out your bridge pins. Bridge pins come in classic abalone, brass, and ebony.
  • Add new pick up covers. This is a clever DIY tip for Stratocaster owners. Shake up your pick up covers with new or alternating colors.
  • Change out your knobs. Knobs are easy to replace, plus, you can find them in brass, shell, semi-precious stone, and more materials.

Think your guitar is finally ready for that makeover?

Remember that a little goes a long way with DIY. Come up with a customization plan for your guitar and use these tips to craft a totally unique look for your custom guitar.

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September 27th, 2016

Custom Guitar Straps (and Other Great Gifts for Guitarists)

Does somebody you love like to shred?

What do you get these people for birthdays, or at Christmas, or any other time you’re looking for a special gift?

Guitar players are usually relatively easy to buy for. There are a lot of helpful little gadgets (like custom guitar straps) and accessories that really make a difference for someone who’s using their guitar a lot, whether they’re playing gigs or just jamming for fun.

Here are some of the best guitar gifts to get a musician who really loves their axe.

Digital Gear

One easy guitar gift is an electronic digital tuner that attaches to the headstock of the guitar. With one of these small gadgets, there’s no guesswork in figuring out whether you have a true A, E or D.

The tuner helps a guitarist to adjust to a group’s sound and saves a lot of time when it’s most valuable – when it’s time to tune up for a performance.

Another great idea is a smartphone holder that goes onto the guitar the same way. With so many of today’s musical resources online, from chords and sheet music to lyrics and tablature, having the ability to hold the smartphone up where you can see it without using your hands is really going to be an advantage.

Pick Makers, Pick Cases

Other great gifts for guitarists revolve around the pick, a small piece of plastic that is absolutely necessary for some kind of playing. Guitarists who are into specific genres might buy different kinds of custom picks, such as curved fingerpicking models.

When it comes to gifts, you can buy a set of picks or a case for picks to be kept in when they’re not in use. You can also buy a pick maker, which allows the guitar player to simply punch out customized picks out of sheets of plastic — for example, an old credit card that’s been retired.

Pickups and Traveling Amps

Other unique gifts for guitar players can provide better sound and make it more portable.

A pickup makes any acoustic guitar into an electric guitar that sends sound through cables to an amplifier. A travel amp can give the guitar player a hands-free experience for cranking out tunes anywhere that he or she is not connected to a full sound setup.

The small amps take batteries and are really nice tools for versatility on the road.

Guitar Holders

Most guitar players have cases, but a small forked guitar holder helps to keep guitars out of the way when they are not in use. Over time, for somebody who really uses the guitar, this small accessory can really help to prevent dings and dents and other kinds of wear.


A capo is a small accessory that allows guitar players to play in different keys.

It’s not big or expensive because it doesn’t have any digital components. It’s simply a specialized kind of clamp that goes onto the fretboard.

However, any guitar player who knows his or her music theory can tell you that a capo is very useful when it’s time to put a song into a different key. Whether you’re trying to match a vocalist’s range, or change keys in order to read sheet music, the capo really provides the quick versatility that you need. That’s why this is another excellent small gift for a musician.


Many guitar players who like the electric sound are really into effects pedals.

Unlike many of the above options, these aren’t small or cheap gifts. You might have to pay $200 or more for a pedal, because of its complex electronic design. Pedals plug into an amplifier to provide different kinds of sounds, from simple gain or ‘crunchiness’ to reverb, sustain or delayed — where for example, a delay pedals help guitarists to re-create the kinds of sounds you hear in the signature work of bands like Pink Floyd and U2.

A pedal can be a great way to allow a guitar player more freedom to play around with sound and perfect a signature guitar style.

Custom Guitar Straps

A custom guitar strap is an excellent gift choice for nearly any guitarist.

Without the guitar strap, most guitars are pretty awkward to play.

You have to be sitting down in a chair, or standing with your legs up on a chair balancing the guitar on your leg, or holding an acoustic guitar close to your body while you pick.

It’s really not optimal — and as soon as the guitar player tries to stand up, he or she realizes that it’s time to get a quality custom guitar strap that can be adjusted to just the right length.

Get a custom guitar strap to give your guitar player not only the freedom to play comfortably, but the option to play in style. Customized decorative guitar straps are valuable to players in many colors and patterns, and they’re a great choice for Christmas or any time of year.

Decorative Stuff

There is almost literally no end to the amount of decorative gear that you can get a guitarist, which can make gift shopping even easier.

Of course, none of this stuff really relates to guitar play in a practical sense — unlike all of the gear mentioned above, these are not things that someone will really use while he or she is playing. That doesn’t mean your guitar player won’t love it, though.

You can get guitar shaped clocks, skillets, or drink stirrers. You can get various types of home furnishings and cases and holders for mobile devices. All of this stuff will make the musician’s home look like an A&R rep lives there – which just might be the way they want to live!

One person’s collectibles are another’s clutter, but lots of guitar players like to adorn their living spaces with some kind of decorative tell-tale sign that they are into music.

Think about any of these attractive gifts for guitar players when it’s time to go out and shop for someone who is pretty good on the strings.

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November 19th, 2015

Incredible polyester color! Check these guitar straps out..

Categories: General


Sublimated Polyester Guitar Straps


Just wanted to share this customers custom guitar strap art. This demonstrates our full color printing capabilities very well. Check out the color on these custom sublimated polyester guitar straps. We recently upgraded out sublimation printers with a new RIP software and our production is getting incredible results with the closest color match we have ever scene! These straps the customer actually provided us with high-res version of his art so if you are a designer and would like to send us your art directly, feel free to email us!

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October 8th, 2015

Making Your Single-Ply Guitar Strap

Today’s video is featuring the making of your single-ply guitar straps. Just like the 2-ply leather guitar strap the quality is undeniable.

Design your unique Custom Guitar Strap today!

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October 1st, 2015

Halloween season

The Halloween season is officially upon us. Although the stores tried to roll it out back in August we don’t think Halloween officially can be celebrated until October. Although we’ve offered our Darkside Skulls Guitar Strap for awhile now we thought it was the perfect strap for the Halloween season.
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September 29th, 2015

How Your 2-Ply Leather Guitar Strap is Made

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Have you ever wondered the process your 2-ply leather guitar strap goes through to find it’s way onto your guitar? It’s quite the process and we take it very seriously, down to every single detail. Starting today we are going to be posting a video everyday this week giving you sneak peaks into our manufacturing process as well as some tips about your guitar strap. Be sure to like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss a single thing!

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August 27th, 2015

Kayla Kroh custom wood pattern guitar strap

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We had the pleasure of making Kayla Kroh a custom leather guitar strap. The strap turned out beautiful!


Kayla is a talented independent singer/songwriter from York, Pennsylvania. Check out more of her music at:

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August 27th, 2015

Cloverdayle’s guitarist and songwriter Chad Hamar custom leather guitar strap

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Cloverdayle’s guitarist and songwriter Chad Hamar still is rocking his custom leather guitar strap from 2011. Cloverdayle is an Oregon based country music band that has built quite a reputation for themselves with hard work and determination. We are proud to see them grow and continue to create great music and put on awesome performances.


You can check out more of Cloverdayle at:

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December 4th, 2014

Send a Custom Leather Gift Card

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PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CLOSED DEC. 24-28 for the Holiday. Any questions or concerns will be taken care of Monday Dec. 29th. Happy Holidays!

Send a unique custom leather gift card in the mail!

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October 21st, 2014

StrapGraphics Custom Camera Straps, Start your custom design now!

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Check out our new line up of leather camera straps!

Check out the new camera strap line up!

Choose from 1.5 and 2 inch widths, fully adjustable up to 60 inches in length for maximum comfort. Soft suede back, full integrated color graphics.

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