Clean urethane finishes are intended to provide a more durable crack resistant finish with a higher gloss retention then lacquer. Better suited for harsh environments and cater to customers who prefer a more modern finish. Less fragile than a traditional lacquer finish.

Distressed Finishes

Neck/body/fretboard binding edges or back shape playing areas are never factory distressed in terms of chips or dings that we would consider damaged, as we intend for all playing surfaces to remain smooth and comfortable and not interfere with the player or performance of the instrument. Various distress levels are only intended to provide a more broken in experience with added vintage character typically found in old guitars.

Ex Light

  • High gloss lacquer, best possible lacquer finish we can provide. Materials used are intended to lacquer check and will be finish checked before leaving our shop. Tint coats are applied for lightly aged finish appearance, light buffing burns, lacquer chips, and the lightest of finish scratches may be apparent yet are avoided at all cost during its assembly. Like a “New Old” guitar, as if 5-10 years old.


  • An aged and worn lacquer finish with increased lacquer checking and chips, more paint layering and buffing burn through areas with regional wear patterns, lightly aged hardware and plastics. Gloss finish subdued with surface scratches, as if 20-30 years old.


  • A well worn and aged lacquer finish with excessive lacquer checking, chips and, regional area wear patterns. Hardware is pushed a step further with rusted hardware and worn discolored plastics. Neck back-shape surface is stripped to raw wood for an old wood, well broken in feel, as if 30-50 years old.

Hand Rubbed Satin

This is the thinnest finish we can provide which is a wipe on poly satin finish, as close to raw wood as possible. Very easy to care for with Mini-Wax furniture wax, wipe on wipe off.