Who else is compelled to change the knobs & add stickers to their SSU, SSL, or SSLVO?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by TV the Wired Turtle, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Love it! My boy was a googly eye collector when was 2. He'd pick them off toys, art work, stuffed animals, wherever he found them. He had a little stash of several dozen googly eyes in his drawer.
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  2. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    You can never have too many black cat stickers. This little dude turns up on most of my guitars.
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  3. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    I have always put stickers on my stuff, then I just started painting them on. So I am a advocate for stickers and paint, I think it personalizes it. I don't seem to like a clean surface, probably why I have 1 or 2 tattoos Lol.

    That said I want a clear pickguard to see all of the guitar..... and show off the (soon) paint under it..

    Stickers don't stick well to cases though so I painted Gretsch on mine.
    Same on my Epiphone case.
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  4. draven07

    draven07 Electromatic

    Oct 23, 2014
    Just curious how "stain-free" are waterslide decals on lacquer finishes when removed?
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  5. Moleng1

    Moleng1 Synchromatic

    Jul 5, 2014
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    The only problem with sticker that I ran into was one of my guitars fading around the sticker, such a bummer as it's a pretty rare blueburst Epiphone dot limited edition.

    I had a hula girl and some pink dice knobs on her, decided I wanted her back to stock and when I pealed the sticker off there was a definite ghost pattern of the hula girl there, and still is.

    If you hang your guitars and don't keep them in a case I wouldn't leave any stickers on for to long. BTW, the guitar was never hung in a sunny area, always in an area of the house with just normal lighting.
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  6. ishtar

    ishtar Country Gent

    I did this to my Tim Armstrong, which I no longer have....
    But my biggest disfiguring was when I put a black Gretsch G on my Martin. I waited to do that until after I fell carrying my tele and smashed both the guitar headstock and my face into the OM-21 Special.... Disfigured my face too. Que sera sera, scar face.... The tele, a parts caster, was no worse for the collision.

    Blood on the saddle...

    Face healed. Only two strings left scars. Punched a hole through the EIR upper bout back corner....

    Got the guitar fixed and threw a G on it.

    Would this seem a bit extreme?
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  7. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I did stickers in the '60s back when it was cool, before it became kitsch. :p:p:p
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  9. T simmons

    T simmons Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2013
    I feel pretty much the same.
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  10. Mi-Go

    Mi-Go Gretschie

    May 2, 2016
    The Netherlands

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  11. Theo 413

    Theo 413 Gretschie

    Dec 7, 2009
    I haven't changed anything on my SSU yet, but if the right sticker comes along...maybe. Also, putting a sticker on a urethane guitar is very easy to reverse without damage to the finish.
  12. John C

    John C Gretschie

    May 22, 2016
    Milwaukee WI
    Been thinking about putting a decal on but im afraid it will ruin the finish
  13. rich724

    rich724 Gretschie

    Apr 16, 2013
    Linden, MI
    I have a green SSU as well and have added tele knobs with green MOP tops. No stickers.
  14. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    cant ruin a poly finish w stickers, go for it!! :) plus its easier to recover if stolen
  15. Gotone

    Gotone Gretschie

    Jan 2, 2012
    The flames the thang for my SSL.


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