We strive to make the best looking and best sounding guitars on the planet so we take our finishes very seriously. Our goal is to create a spectacular finish that doesn’t dampen the sound or interfere with vibration of the woods. We offer two types of finishes that have both been found to enhance both the appearance and the sound of our guitars.
We use a standard High Gloss Polyester finish on all of our guitars. Our finishes are done by Pat Wilkins at Wilkins Guitar Finishes in Van Nuys California. Pat is one of the best in the industry and has done finish work for some of the leading guitar manufacturers in the world including Ibanez, Yamaha and ESP guitars. His client list includes Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, George Lynch and Metallica to name e few.
Old World Guitar Finish
This is a finish that is exclusive to my shop. I call it the Old World Guitar Finish because it is very similar to the way old world violin makers used to seal their violins. It seals and protects the wood but still allows the wood itself to breathe.
It is a very thin combination of urethanes and natural oils that are used in combination to seal the wood with as minimal material as possible to allow the natural character of the wood to be as organic as possible.
I developed this for the backs of our necks because I wanted a finish that would seal and protect the wood but still allow me to feel the wood.
It was originally designed as a satin finish but over the years I developed it into a “non reflective” gloss finish that we use on our guitar bodies. Non reflective gloss means it allows the light to penetrate into the wood and illuminate the grain but does not reflect the actual light back. This truly accents the grain on high flame guitars.
This finish can only be applied directly to bare wood and cannot be used on painted guitars
We can turn any high resolution photo or image into a custom graphic for your guitar.
Send us a high res file of the graphic and we can have it sized and formatted to your guitar and then sealed with a high gloss finish.