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slang05
12-17-2012, 11:11 PM
Looking to pick up a Custom 22 here in a few days (as soon as I can arrange the meet) and I am wondering how to remove a signature from the guitar. More specifically the TO JOHN.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8282478199_f19f679fd6_z.jpg

It looks like it was done with a paint pen which may complicate things. I don't want to remove Paul's signature, just the TO JOHN..

Any ideas without hurting the actual finish on the guitar?

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-17-2012, 11:12 PM
Fingernail polish will dissolve the gold ink but I have no idea what it would do to the finish. Perhaps try a test spot in the neck cavity?

slang05
12-17-2012, 11:16 PM
Yeah, thats a good idea. I thought I would start small with like water and see if it did anything and then work my way up to like Windex and other real gentle cleaners. The guitar also has some corrosion on the pick up covers..Any good ideas to shine those up? I've always used chrome polish and it doesn't do much.

justmund
12-17-2012, 11:32 PM
You could just change your name to John! :p

andy474x
12-17-2012, 11:34 PM
If you try nail polish remover, I would steer clear of anything with acetone in it. That, I'm pretty sure, would do some damage. Another thing to think about is using a razor blade IF you have a very, very steady hand. Remove the tuners and lay the blade close to flat, and very carefully take the name off. Or, if you want it done best... PTC. :)

Dirty Bob
12-17-2012, 11:40 PM
Umm don't you guys remember Dirty Al's DGT?

slang05
12-17-2012, 11:41 PM
Umm don't you guys remember Dirty Al's DGT?

What happened???

Dirty Bob
12-17-2012, 11:42 PM
Well he dripped nail polish remover on the top....and then figured what the hell and proceeded to unburst the clown burst to a vintage yellow.

slang05
12-17-2012, 11:43 PM
Well he dripped nail polish remover on it...and then proceeded to unburst the clown burst to a vintage yellow.

WOW! Yeah, wow! That is not good

Dirty Bob
12-17-2012, 11:44 PM
WOW! Yeah, wow! That is not good

Actually I thought the results were awesome!

but for these circumstances probably not

slang05
12-17-2012, 11:49 PM
LOL, probably not. I hope I can remove it in a way to save Paul's signature..Its a catch 22..would I want all of it or none of it? Probably none..but it would be cool to have his signature on it

Hopeful Sinner
12-18-2012, 09:38 AM
There's this stuff called goo gone that I have used on wood to remove fingernail polish. Works like a charm but not sure what it would do tobthe finish... I would probably use Q tips and go super slow whichever route you take...

themike
12-18-2012, 09:48 AM
Well he dripped nail polish remover on the top....and then figured what the hell and proceeded to unburst the clown burst to a vintage yellow.

I wonder where Al is - he was cool and I thought that VY DGT turned out amazing!

TDPRS1
12-18-2012, 12:28 PM
Use Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream for the varnished pickup covers - works great!

Hopeful Sinner
12-18-2012, 12:47 PM
I wonder where Al is - he was cool

He proved himself otherwise and we should leave it at that, publicly...

themike
12-18-2012, 12:52 PM
He proved himself otherwise and we should leave it at that, publicly...

Roger that.

John Beef
12-18-2012, 12:55 PM
My name is John, so you should just send the guitar to me. :)

slang05
12-18-2012, 01:35 PM
My name is John, so you should just send the guitar to me. :)

LOL, you going to send a guitar back?

slang05
12-18-2012, 01:35 PM
There's this stuff called goo gone that I have used on wood to remove fingernail polish. Works like a charm but not sure what it would do tobthe finish... I would probably use Q tips and go super slow whichever route you take...

I've used googone on guitars before, works good. That is one I was planning on trying.

JMintzer
12-18-2012, 02:38 PM
Naptha... Should be safe for the finish...


Jamie

garrett
12-18-2012, 02:46 PM
I'd just leave it alone. It's part of the history of the instrument. And you know Paul himself wrote "TO JOHN" on it, so that must make it super awesome, right? Plus there's that squiggle under the name that goes through the P and R so it might look a bit weird if you take the name off. And then there's always a chance that you slip and eff up Paul's sig...

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-18-2012, 03:37 PM
Naptha...

Bless you.

jimfisher
12-18-2012, 03:38 PM
Nail polish remover IS acetone!! Maybe a call to PRS would be best.
Jim

justmund
12-18-2012, 04:12 PM
You could just sharpie the words out, at least then you can reverse it if the need ever arises

slang05
12-18-2012, 04:23 PM
Well, I'm still trying to figure out the amount that it bothers me. How much do I really care that there is a signature on there? And how much do I really care that it says To JOHN? I honestly don't know. I had a guitar that had his signature on the back plate, it did nothing for value or anything, but it was cool! I think Garrett has it right, its kinda all or nothing.

Question about the PTC..would they remove ALL the paint from the back of the neck and give it a wood finish? Nice and silky smooth? What would something like that cost?

slang05
12-18-2012, 04:26 PM
Just thought of something else too..what if I try to remove it and it doesn't quite get it off..leaving like a gold shadow..that would look terrible!

John Beef
12-18-2012, 04:40 PM
LOL, you going to send a guitar back?
Yeah! I've got a 2nd gen Santana SE or a Tremonti SE I'll gladly send for a Custom 22. Neither one says To John anywhere.

I couldn't send my CU22 because the back plate is signed the same way, "To John" with Paul's signature.

So, if anything you should just help me get a collection of "To John" Custom 22s together.

bluefade
12-18-2012, 05:44 PM
Send it to PTC. Have them strip the back of the peg head,refinish it and have Paul sign it for you!! YAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jet Whitey
12-18-2012, 07:14 PM
Use lighter fluid aka Naptha a little @ a time and elbow grease !

Dirty Bob
12-18-2012, 07:43 PM
He proved himself otherwise and we should leave it at that, publicly...

Didnt know this either...gotcha.

slang05
12-18-2012, 11:33 PM
Send it to PTC. Have them strip the back of the peg head,refinish it and have Paul sign it for you!! YAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonder how much?