i can share some settings with you, but honestly, the body there is a different material (that looks like it has a lacquered finish) and the settings i used for the pickguard were very specific to the bitmap that i used. I did a lot of testing of different variations of the bitmap with editing in photoshop.
the guitar body i engraved on was okoume, which is similar to poplar in the hardness scale. so i started with proofgrade poplar settings and dialed it back just a little. since i have no idea what kind of wood that guitar is or how much it would take to get through that lacquer coating, i have no way of knowing what would work for that body. i’ve only engraved unfinished wood bodies.
the pickguard was 1/16" black acrylic, done at 400/full power (basic)/225/vary. but, again, that was very dependent upon the image i used and i ran 7-8 small 1’ square tests to make sure i had both the contrast in the image and settings the way i wanted.
it’s really important to have something to test on that’s either the same material or very close.
I enjoy it too, now that I know more what I am doing. As a new user I felt quite tentative adjusting settings, but once I understood that a pass with a power level of 5 at a reasonably high speed was not going to cause a problem ever I started having fun. I love tuning and tweaking.
The most fun I’ve had to date was doing very deep engraving to cut pockets in acrylic. The consistency in depth is excellent. Plus/ minus .002" @ .187" deep on a 1/2" square pocket. That is almost certainly because of the uniform properties of an individual piece of acrylic.
i don’t mind when people ask for settings in general. i’m not going to guarantee them, but it’s always good to have a “starting place”, even if you’re going to test. i search the forum here when i use something new for that starting point. then test.
this instance is a little difficult. because unless you’re buying that okoume body, settings for the guitar will be different. and unless you’re engraving a very similar pattern in the acrylic, those settings will be different. but i don’t know what the patterns the person who asked me for settings wants to use, so i don’t know if these are going to work.
Yeah since the pre-release I’ve had several years to play with this thing, and of course I explored everything I could get my hands on so I have a good chance of nailing what I want off the bat. That doesn’t mean I don’t upload the design to see what it looks like to the laser, and back up to adjust the design…