How do you age finish on a guitar?

How do you age finish on a guitar?

A quick and easy way to get the process going is to leave your guitar exposed in the sun for a couple of days. Over time, all lacquer finishes will yellow and age, which will create that vintage patina so many players crave — leaving it in the sun can help speed up that process.

At what age does a guitar become vintage?

What is a vintage guitar? While an antique is defined as an object over 100 years old, there’s no strict chronological definition of what makes something vintage. Typically, though, guitars around 30 years old or older fall into that category, and even newer instruments will often be labeled as such by sellers.

Will vintage guitars go up in value?

A well-made guitar is a lot more likely to increase in value. Materials. Older guitars were often made from materials that are no longer available. For instance, a neck made from Brazilian rosewood is going to be a lot rarer than one made from maple just because Brazilian rosewood is too hard to get.

Why are relic guitars so expensive?

Why are relic guitars so expensive? Ageing a guitar takes lots of time and skill. Don’t try it at home on your own guitar unless you know exactly what you’re doing as such a process has irreversible implications. It’s rare to find an aged production guitar because of the time-consuming work, but they do exist.

Do older electric guitars sound better?

Do Electric Guitars Sound Better With Age? Yes, some electric guitars also sound better as they age, in a similar way to acoustic guitars. The vibrations again lead to the breakdown of sap, creating a more resonant tone with better sustain. However, this is less important with electric guitars than with acoustic ones.

How do you know if a Poly finish?

Polyurethane, Shellac, Varnish and Lacquer – Use a cotton swab with acetone on it and apply to the wood. If it becomes tacky, than it is shellac or varnish and if it beads, it has a polyurethane finish.

Why do some guitars have an aged finish?

Part of the charm that many vintage instruments possess can be attributed to the aesthetic character they develop through years of use. There is something familiar and inviting about a time-worn finish; almost as if it’s an affirmation that the guitar should be picked up and played.

What kind of guitar finishes do you use?

We have decades of experience creating aged guitar finishes. Looking for the real deal? This is what you’ve been looking for! Don’t worry – There’s tons more photos in our Photo Galleries and all the various guitar products and services we offer.

What do you need to know about MJT aged finishes?

At MJT, we believe in transparency, honesty and hard work. Your instrument will arrive packaged in ship-safe materials, fully insured, and ready to rock. Any questions, just contact us.

What’s the value of a vintage Stratocaster guitar?

Original vintage guitars from the 1950s and ’60s can sell for tens of thousands of pounds, because of their historical value as well as the lovely, aged finish. A genuine relic Stratocaster is a highly desirable object, far beyond the pockets of most people.