Available Finishes

NOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer

High gloss NOS (New Old Stock) classic instrument lacquer that is super slick and shiny. 100% nitro from the first coat to the last. Cut and buffed to as perfect as humanly possible. Since this is lacquer, it has all the best tonal properties available but at a cost of durability. Susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents, dings, and faded colors over time, extreme care should be taken with this finish. If tone is your concern, this is the finest finish you can buy for your instrument. Take care of it, the impact will be minimal.

Ready 2 Relic Lacquer

Our true-to-vintage 100% nitrocellulose lacquer option, this is the same stuff we use to do our relic finishes. This is the thinnest lacquer application we can provide and, as such, has a lot of the vintage finish properties: grain sink, rougher top coat, fine scratches. This finish also has very little plasticizers and will absolutely weather check, sometimes during production. It is a finish we intend to be aged/antiqued. 

Poly/Urethane Combo

This is the nicest, most durable finish available anywhere. It combines a Polyester sealer with the best automotive urethane clearcoat we can buy. It has impact resistance and tons of UV protectant so you can relax about dents and dings and your colors will stay true and not fade. Colors are unlimited as we have a library of all the standard guitar colors combined with any automotive color we can get the code for. If you want a finish that will last a lifetime, this is the one to pick.


Probably the most modern finish we offer, this is a less expensive option in terms of materials but the labor remains the same. Quick cure and high gloss are the best attributes. Minimal UV protectant and somewhat prone to severe chips when impacted by furniture or your drummer's cymbals, it's not as forgiving as a urethane clearcoat. And it's the thickest of our finishes. Still, it looks really deep and glossy and it's a good option where price is a factor. 

Satin Option

All of our finishes can be offered in a matte/satin sheen as an option. Nitro is around a 20 sheen and the urethane we use is around 5. The nitro will polish out to a semi gloss over time as it is just an additive to the gloss lacquer that knocks it down. The urethane, however, is a special automotive clear coat that is designed to be able to withstand multiple car washes. It's super slick on necks and is durable as can be. Same stuff on those flat Lambos you see driving around. 

Oil Finishes

We have a few options available, the most common is the Tru-Oil/Wax. It's good if you like the feel of raw wood but need it sealed so it doesn't turn green after a few weeks of use. Very little protection but it is easily repairable at home. Because it's very user-friendly, we rarely are requested to do this but it is available.