TYPES OF GUITAR FINISHING

  • Poly

    This is the most durable finish you can put on a guitar. Poly will not shrink. It is very resistant to extreme temperatures, so you won’t find that your beautiful guitar has checked after accidentally leaving it in your trunk in January. It will resist marring, scratching and chipping....

  • Modern Perfect Nitro

    This option gives you the benefits of an ultra-thin nitrocellulose finish, with the added benefit of a thin polyester undercoat. The polyester, being a catalyzed finish, will not shrink over time and so will leave you with a mirror smooth finish that will last forever....

  • Vintage Nitro

    100% NITROCELLULOSE*. This finish is based on the classic nitrocellulose finishes from the 50’s and 60’s. Your guitar will age beautifully just as those classics have. Because nitrocellulose is a solvent-based finish, repairs will re-dissolve, leaving a perfect invisible result. *In the case of bright whites and pastels, we may use an acrylic modified nitrocellulose lacquer that is formulated to Continue Reading...

  • Oil

    Our oil finish is a special blend of lin seed and other penetrating oils that protects from the inside out while leaving the natural feel and beauty of the wood. This finish offers less protection than our other options against marring, dents and abrasion. It also requires re-application periodically depending on the amount of play-wear. Our oil offers an exceptional Continue Reading...


ABOUT FINISHING

1455-lgPeople often ask what type of guitar finish will give them the best tone. First of all, tone is a highly subjective preference. Different players are looking for different things. So we choose to focus on the factors that we can predict and control.  These are finish aesthetic, durability and longevity.

There are many types of guitar finishes, and Southbound Custom, LLC offers most of them. On this page you’ll find four finishing options that vary from vintage to state-of-the-art. Weigh each option’s strengths and weaknesses for yourself, and if you still have questions, contact us.