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NPGD: Peter Max

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by abarson, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    New Pickguard Day - I guess it goes here.
    I picked up a Silvertone LB11 cheap as a backup bass. Odd, as I've pretty much sworn off black basses...


    Yep, so black it sucked the light out of the room. That won't do.

    I bought a piece of Lexan and printed a Peter Max painting on an 11"x17" sheet of paper. I smeared the Lexan with a clear drying glue stick and adhered the picture face up so that the Lexan would protect it. After that, I smeared the back of the picture with more glue stick and laid down a sheet of aluminum foil. I used a credit card to smooth it out, getting rid of the air bubbles. The adhesive worked great between paper and foil, but started to lift from the Lexan as I shaped it.

    Then, I traced the offending black original, drilled the screw holes and pickup mounting ears, and used a jigsaw for the shape.It took quite a bit of rasping and filing to get it right. I wish I'd taken some pictures of the process, but Behold!


    Now, isn't that better?
  2. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Wow, that's awesome!

    I'm an old Peter Max fan. I don't see a lot of his stuff around anymore, so that PG is a real treat. Great job!
  3. Firesalt

    Firesalt Is good enough. Supporting Member

    May 18, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Not a fan of the artist but I gotta admit that looks pretty darn snazzy; excellent job!
  4. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Very cool, well done!
  5. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Great Idea!
  6. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I like it but then again I like black basses too.
  7. Abarson,

    That looks very cool! Nice job!

    I was thinking about crafting something similar on a bass I just about finished up a month ago. I'm wondering how you worked on the edges of the pg? Is it a smooth rounded over or 45%?

  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very cool I have a few Peter Max originals love his work and that guard.
  9. Agreed! I think Peter Max art fits into our current times in a way more than in say 10 years ago.
  10. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I didn't treat the edges at all. I grew too I impatient, but I may still do it.
    I have found that the 1/8" Lexan makes a pretty nice thumb rest along top.
  11. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Same here. He was really big when I was growing up. Had a few posters of his work.