Starting at level 1 our "distress level" is a critical component to the vintage sound that we are able to achieve. Our finishes are ultra thin Nitro Cellulose. We apply this to be of minimal thickness, which is a crucial ingredient to the sound of our guitars. Our ultra thin finish has a natural vintage patina because if the way it is applied, it is also "checked" to relieve the surface tension and get a more open and dry tone. A thin "checked" finish with a natural vintage patina is the baseline finish on all Pre-War Guitars. By not applying a thick "Ferrari Glass" finish we allow our instruments to breathe freely with vintage character and tone.
like to send these out into the world like they are old guitars, just
leaving the shop with a fresh neck set, nut and saddle, re-fret, and
setup. In other words, anything related to how well it plays does not
get effected by our aging process.