D.I.Y. Billie Joe Armstrong Guitar w/ Stickers For Rock Band: Green Day



Original black Fender guitar from Rock Band.


I wanted to make a REAL quick replica of Billie Joe’s Fender Fernandez Stratocaster circa 1994 (Pictured Above) to use for the up coming Rock Band: Green Day. In total, I spent about 2 hours throwing this all together.


First thing, remove the screws around the fret board so it’s a lot easier to paint.

Technically Billie Joe’s guitar is a Cadillac 1956 Sonic Blue (DAL-11475-DQE), but I just went to Lowes and eye ball’d it. I chose “Surf Spray” Extreme Gloss (5002-7B). Looks fine to me. Purist may argue…


I did about 3 coats, just to get it all shiny and what not.


I took a photo of the Rock Band guitar and brought it into Photoshop where I measured it up and re-sized the stickers accordingly. I found a lot of these stickers here, but I also went ahead and re-created about 5 of them. Billie Joe’s guitar has a bunch of stickers placed under the ones that surfaced during 1994, so I also grabbed a few stickers I knew he had or put on at a later date to build the foundation. You can download and print the images above, they are exactly to scale to the Rock Band guitar.


I cut out all of the images and sprayed adhesive on them and stuck them on to match Billie Joe’s guitar.


Finished product. I had a red guitar strap (which is what Billie Joe had in 1994), I also electric taped the strap to match Billie Joe’s.

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  • Glitch

    http://xkcd.com/359/

    Well done man. That really should have come with the game

  • James

    Lord, he even has the same tattoo as BJ, get a life.

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      I got those star tattoos in 1999, Billie Joe didn't have his until around 2005. I was a big Green Day when I was 14 in 1994, so I do keep up with them. I really only like their first 4 albums (1,039/Kerplunk/Dookie/Insomniac). Anyway, it's funny that you point out the tattoo thing because in 2005 I made a post on my forum saying that Billie Joe was “stalking me” as a joke because there is a line in one of their songs that says “While the mom's and Brad's being away” and earlier that year my brother, Brad and my Mom moved across the country to LA and I stayed in Philly. I also saw a picture of the star tattoo Billie Joe had gotten and pointed out how weird it was. The funniest part of all of this is that my best friend, Dave pointed out to me that I'd look like the Billie Joe stalker, and his prophecy has come true today with your stupid comment. Have a look at the forum post from 2005:
      http://i.imgur.com/F2fBl.png

      As for a life, I have a great one. Thanks. How about you?

      • Mollie

        Nicely said :L

    • Bdjl

      let me guess james your a bieberite?
      good comeback though.
      Billie is a music icon whats wrong with having his tatoos?

  • Jon

    How do i get the Pickup Switch (White Part) to come off :'( HELP! ASAP PLEASE

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      Just pull real hard, you won't break it.

  • RonnieR

    Where is the Jawbreaker sticker at on the guitar??

  • Carol_equals_awesome

    whoa :D

  • Allybobally999

    no lie I'm in the process of doing this myself! First coat on, waiting to dry :D

  • Mike

    where is the jawbreaker sticker on either your guitar or billie's?

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      I didn't put it on mine because Billie Joe didn't put it on his guitar until later. He had it on for a brief period of time during the Insomniac days. Here is a video of them playing “Geek Stink Breath” on Saturday Night Live where you can clearly see the Black and White Jawbreaker sticker:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYAGoJyaW5U

  • Annhog

    that's really fucking impressive! my hat's off to you, sir :)

  • Chibirobo009

    hey this is so badass! kudos to you man you rock! do you think you could post the stickers in the size they are on billie's actual blue? (like fitted for a standard guitar) thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChromeEmoDinosaur Alejandra María Ortiz

    This. Is. Awesome.
    I'm sure I'll give this a try later.

  • kyrawilder

    Damn, nice work!

  • Jdobrien0601

    Awesome! Great attention to detail. One point: Fernandes, not Fender.

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      Thanks JD, I made the correction in the post

  • gdpunkdude

    Wow, that's really great!

  • Gertrude

    awesome!

  • benl

    really really good.. i a purist though.. a little too blueish for me but still its awesome.. well done

  • phate

    How you make those pictures to stickers?

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      I just sprayed adhesive on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmbreen Denise Breen

    This is great, and thanks for posting all the info. As a huge fan since the early 90's I was sad they werent going to produce the guitar, but since I was able to get my hands on the wii fender I will soon be starting this project myself :)

  • Monkeybrains500

    wow i thought i was the first one to think of trying this i guess i was wrong thanks u made this seem easier than my plans i was gonna buy the real stickers

  • http://www.facebook.com/aj.rennie1 Aj Rennie

    are these stickers the right size to just print off and stick on…. if not plz could u post the full size images coz that wud b gr8

  • http://www.facebook.com/aj.rennie1 Aj Rennie

    r the stickers the right size as they are… if not plz cud u post the right size images cuz that wud be gr8

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hey_suburbia

      Yes, these are the exact files I used to print out and adhere to my guitar

  • Gopanthers96run

    Hi, Let me 1st say awesome job making this. You have inspired me to make one. One question what brand paint did you use and did the finish come out really shiny?

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      I chose “Surf Spray” Extreme Gloss (5002-7B) from Lowes

  • Greendayfan115

    no now im sad there is no F@#& Metal sticker like he has on it lol i love that sticker :D

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      That sticker was put on a few months after the sticker layout I tried to replicate

  • Greendayfan115

    im gonna go get the paint tomorrow and im gonna make a wired xbox 360 one…i will have a vid of it up soon i hope all check it out my name is greendayfan115. by the way great instructions i was gonna like gut the guitar then paint the pieces with like spray pain :0 this is much easier and better cant wait to have my own :D

  • Greendayfan115

    no now im sad there is no F@#& Metal sticker like he has on it lol i love that sticker :D

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hey_suburbia

      The F’ Metal Sticker was put on a little later then the sticker combo I mimicked

  • jay
  • Dar7733

    Pretty cool!!! I love it!

  • Anna Baems

    Omfg ! It’s so fuckin’ awesome ! *____*
    I’m a huge Green Day Fan and I’ve always loved Billie’s Guitar “Blue” :D
    Very, very, very (…) good Job, Dude ! (;

  • Akash

    awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/Greenday09 Jake Lee

    whats the scale size from the real one to the rock band guitar one?

  • Robi-c

    hey dude…you did a great job!
    how a bout the size of these stickers…is it something that you can share with us..or it’s a secret?
    I found them on the related site you posted but of course they’re not in correct size…I wonder if you can help me…
    ty so much :)

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hey_suburbia

      The link provided in the article links to the stickers that will be the correct size for the guitar hero fender guitar.

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      The image in the post is the correct size for a rock band guitar

    • http://www.WiiNintendo.net hey_suburbia

      The image in the post is the correct size for a rock band guitar

  • Daniel Webster

    what did you use to stick the stickers down and what material are they printed on? i can’t get mine to stay on properly or look original

  • Daniel Webster

    what did you use to stick the stickers down and what material are they printed on? i can’t get mine to stay on properly or look original

  • Immacabre

    hey any chance you could post the layered photoshop files for the stickers?

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hey_suburbia

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe I have the files separated anymore…

      The images I posted are to scale for the Rock Band Guitar.

  • Jimmyluthra

    All the stickers here were taken from http://www.the-area51.blogspot.com

  • John_rob

    check out http://www.replicaguitarsuk.com they make the real deal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.werren Jason Werren

    Thats great man! I too have been a big Green Day fan since the old days. I love projects like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • guitar dude

    beast!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.brewer.31 Jacob Brewer

    Wow, I’m amazed that you didnt have to take the whole thing apart to paint! and that there are barely any brushstrokes how did you do that?

  • jon

    haha!! Stoked my High School band made the sticker list. CiRcUs TeNtS!!

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