Will putting decals/stickers on my acoustic guitar affect the sound, and if so, how much?

Asked by: Joshua Geiger

“It’s negligible,” says Fender Acoustic Product Specialist Rodrigo Ibieta. The basic rule is that anything that can dull the vibrations of the wood could have a negative affect on tone, but, per Ibieta, “unless you’re layering the guitar in stickers 99.9% of people won’t notice much of a change in sound.”

Do stickers ruin acoustic guitar?

Are Stickers Safe On Guitar? Putting stickers or decals on your guitar is safe for the finish – you will not damage the guitar and won’t change any tone. However, removing stickers from guitars is difficult and can leave stains on your guitar.

Do stickers come off guitars?

Stickers: Depending on the size of the sticker and the strength of the glue, you might be able to get away with using your finger nail. For larger, more aggressive stickers that put up a fight, I’ve found that a CD (or the CD blank that comes in a spindle of CD-R’s) does a nice job.

Where should I put stickers on my guitar?

And then the third comment would be oh i know what that is i see what you did there. So why do i put stickers on my guitars. Well i'm fairly certain i got the original. Idea from stevie ray vaughan.

Are guitar inlay stickers good?

I, too have had, “tree of life” fake inlay stickers on one of my guitars for a couple of years now and they’re still as good as the day I put them on. Worst case scenario: they get shabby and you have to take them off, so you’ve wasted a few bucks and some time. But they’ll probably be fine.

How do I get stickers off my acoustic guitar?

Get it all saturate onto the paper towel and then just hold it down on to the sticker and let it soar the naphtha. The naphtha we'll go ahead and soften the glue and allow me to peel the sticker.

Are fretboard stickers useful?

These frets are marked on steel string guitars and are missing on classical guitars. You can hold the guitar in the correct position and quickly, at a glance, see where you are. This visual aid will help you reach your ultimate goal of not having to look at the fret board; this coming with time, patience and practice.

How do you get decals off a guitar?

Wrap a cloth or paper towel around your finger and dip it into your adhesive remover. Rub the solution on the sticker in a circular motion. Coat the entire sticker with a liberal amount of the solution. If you are using a spray bottle of adhesive remover, spray the cloth or paper towel instead of the guitar.

Can you decorate a guitar?

Including a variety of little decorations on your headstock or tailpiece can really switch up the look of your guitar. Pick out a few scarves or funky scraps of fabric to wrap under the strings at the headstock.

What’s the best way to remove a sticker?

Wet a paper towel or clean rag with rubbing alcohol, and rub the residue to lift it off. For stubborn stickers, lay an alcohol-soaked rag on the area, and let it sit for several minutes to soften the residue. Use the rag to rub off what’s left behind.

Do inlay stickers affect playing?

If you will stick them not straight you can remove them carefully and stick. Again. Seekers look pretty cool from one meter away but if you will look closer. You will see imperfections.

Can you put any stickers on a guitar?

Anything you apply to a sticker to remove the adhesive is going to damage your guitar,” says Fender Product Specialist for Electric Guitars and Basses Steve Pepper. “Water, alcohol, whatever you use could do something negative to your guitar.”

What is the CE sticker on guitars?

The CE mark is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives. The letters ‘CE’ are an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, French for European conformity.

What is a CE acoustic guitar?

And that lightweight allows the guitar to resonate like nobody's. Business it's really good. The technology in the electronics. The goal there is always to be true to the instrument.

What does CD stand for guitar?

154 IQ. It looks like it means to bend the note a whole step. If you look at the standard notation, the first note is higher than the second note, even though they are at the same fret on the tab. Same with the cho. marking.