Sticker Shock: Can You Put Stickers On Your Guitar?

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Are you considering adding stickers to your guitar? If so, you’re not alone. A lot of guitar players like to decorate their instruments with stickers, and there are a few reasons why. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of using stickers on your guitar. By the end of it, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about whether or not this is the right option for you!

So can you put stickers on your guitar? Adding stickers to your acoustic, or electric guitar is not an issue at all. Adding stickers to your guitar will not cause it to sound different (or at least not noticeable), and it will not damage the finish of your guitar (as long as you take care in removing them).

Will stickers change the sound of my guitar?

Stickers will not change the sound of your guitar. The only thing that stickers could affect is the amount of resonance that your guitar produces. However, this is not a significant enough change to be noticeable, as stickers lay completely flat on a guitar, and do not keep it from vibrating in any noticeable way.

Will stickers damage my guitar?

Stickers do not damage your guitar. However, there are two things that you should think about when adding stickers to your guitar, and these are important before making that decision.

Stickers can be difficult to remove

While the stickers themselves do not damage your guitar, removing them can! Without the appropriate tools, such as Goo Gone, and a lot of patience, you can scratch your guitar while trying to remove the stickers. You might also find that the chemicals you are using may discolor the guitar as well.

Be careful when you go to remove the stickers so that you don’t damage the guitar.

Wear and tear isn’t the same under the stickers

Wear and tear on your guitar is going to happen! Whether that be scratches, changes in color from the sun, or even oils from your skin. However, when you have stickers on your guitar, that same wear and tear do not happen underneath it.

Because of this, it is common to find that the shape of your stickers is outlined on the body of the guitar where the sticker was before. I have seen this happen to my guitar (that was white, and had slightly yellowed over time). This made the guitar not look great, and it needed to be refinished.

Where are some great places to put stickers on your guitar?

  1. The pick guard is a great place to keep stickers, if you are worried about damaging your guitar.
  2. On the head of your guitar. The wood on the head of your guitar is much harder, making it ideal for removal of the stickers when you are ready.
  3. Inside of the guitar. This is a great place to put stickers, as it is a bit hidden and out of the way, however you can still display what you enjoy. This would be a great time to also replace your guitar strings.

Why do people put stickers on their guitars?

So you stumbled onto this article, and are wondering why people even put stickers on their guitar? This comes down to set themselves apart.

Stickers are a great way to show off what you’re into, who you are, and of course to make it so your guitar is yours. There are only so many guitars on the market, and no one wants to have the same guitar up on stage, so adding stickers is a great way to show your individuality inexpensively.

Stickers are also an awesome way to hide blemishes or scratches on your guitar. If you’ve accidentally scratched your guitar, or if it has been dropped, a sticker can be a great way to cover that up until you have the time or money to fix it.

Some guitarists also like to add stickers to their guitars as a way to show support for their favorite band or to commemorate a concert they went to.

Finally, stickers are also a great way to shout out to the guitarist’s sponsors. By adding stickers from guitar companies or guitar stores, guitarists can show their support for the businesses that have helped them get to where they are today.

How do I get stickers off my guitar?

If you have changed your mind about having stickers on your guitar, or if you are looking to sell your guitar, you’ll need to know how to remove them. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a hairdryer to heat up the sticker and make it easier to remove.
  • Apply Goo Gone or another sticker remover to help dissolve the adhesive.
  • Use a guitar pick or your fingernails to slowly peel the sticker off (don’t use a knife or razor, as it will quickly damage the wood or finish).
  • If the sticker is still stubborn, you can try using a guitar polish or rubbing alcohol.

With a little patience, you should be able to remove the stickers from your guitar without damaging it.

How do I protect my guitar stickers?

If you have decided to put stickers on your guitar, there are a few things you can do to protect them:

  • Apply a clear coat over the top of the stickers to help protect them from wear and tear.
  • Be careful when cleaning your guitar. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners that could damage the stickers.

By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure that your guitar stickers will last for years to come.


Stickers are a great way to show your individuality, support your favorite band, or hide scratches on your guitar. However, you should be aware that they can be difficult to remove, and will not show the same wear and tear as the guitar itself. Be sure to use the appropriate tools and products to remove the stickers so that you don’t damage your guitar.