Today was the thing. Had some time so I decided to try my hand at putting the guitar skin on the 7620 I just bought. Apologies for this not being the most comprehensive picstory on how to do this, but:
1. I've not tried this or anything like it before, so I'm certainly not an expert
2. It takes a certain amount of care, and I'm a bit of a mono-tasker, so it was hard to remember to stop and grab shots.
That said, hopefully this will give an idea of what's involved.
To start off with, I have a 7620 body knocking about so I used that to draw out my template and cut it down to rough size. I then stripped the guitar down and polished it so the sticker would 'take'. At first I was a little lazy and left the bridge studs and neck attached still. As I got further into it, I removed those to make things easier.
Next up was to cut some small holes to push the p-ups through.
With this done, I set about peeling back the sticker-backing so I could attach the bit behind the trem. I figured this would give me a good starting point. I only peeled back enough to take me up to the trem route, then I folded the backing so it wouldn't get in the way.
I began very gingerly, using a jay cloth to smooth it down as I went. It wasn't trouble-free, but the sticker material is such that you can peel it off gently again to deal with any creases/bubbles that occur (and many did). That said, you can always work bubbles out with a little buffing from the cloth.
Now this is where my mono-tasking kicked in and I didn't get anymore shots. But as we're not talking about anything particuarly technical, hopefully that's forgivable.
I just slowly made my way up the guitar body, folding back (and snipping away where handy) the sticker backing. Once it was covered, I went in with an exacto-knife and cut out the trem and p-up cavities quite roughly.
Here's the (almost) finished result. I need to buy a new blade so I can get in and achieve a smooth cut around all the edges, so it still looks a little rough. But it'll give you an idea of how it ends up.
My girlfriend helped me on this, and I found that pretty bloody useful at points. I guess you can do it on your own, but an extra pair of hands definitely made some parts a lot quicker and easier. Unfortunately, she's not available to help anyone else. She's cooking my dinner!
That turned out really good!