20 AIRBRUSH ACTION | SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2008
By Craig Fraser
In the previous issue, we covered the two new camo stencils from Artool.
Luckily, for this 25th installment, I was in the middle of working on a few new
guitar designs for Fender/Jackson. One of the new concepts is a piracy guitar
that mimics the “Piracy” bike, and matching guitar done for House of Kolor’s
booth at SEMA in 2006.
The guitars that I’ve painted for Fender/Jackson in the past are either one-offs
or limited production (usually 10 to 20 numbered artist editions). The goal to
making limited production guitars is to make them all look the same, while
trying to repeat the artisanship of a one-off guitar. Much mass production is
accomplished with silk screening or computer-cut designs, but artist-numbered
editions must look hand-painted. For my guitar art success, I typically use a
combination of stencils, masking, and freehand airbrush work for the best results.
The pickguard starts out as bare aluminum. Jackson had manufactured a
few extras from the last design run, so I first tested this design for this article
on one of them. I decided on a monochromatic design to contrast with the
highly colored paint-job of the guitar. I sprayed directly on the bare
aluminum with HoK black to achieve a dark sepia image for a tin-typed
appearance; a very classy, artistic statement, yet not something that will take
me forever to reproduce. >>
REMEMBER THAT JUST BECAUSE THIS IS AN AUTOMOTIVE COLUMN DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO
stick to painting cars and bikes. These stencils can be used for everything from body art, to
wall murals, to cake decorating, and they’re made with a solvent-proof polymer, so you don’t
have to worry about what you paint them with because you aren’t going to hurt these babies.
1. Bare aluminum substrates must be sanded clean first to increase
adhesion. I also sprayed a light coat of House of Kolor (HoK) AP