How It's Made: Blue Fade and Grey Black Fade Finishes

Posted Apr 11, 2018

Behind The Gear

Have you ever had a "how do they do that" reaction to a fade finish? Our talented employees on the staining bench have a methodical approach to these creations. It starts with a perfectly sanded natural maple guitar body, and ends in a beautiful transition of colors and hues. We sped up the videos to quickly show how the layers are applied, but it takes about 6-7 minutes for our employees to stain by hand. After the stain is applied, there is a lengthy grain-fill, basecoat, and topcoat process to add more texture to the back grain, seal in the color, and protect the guitars for years of happy playing.

Check out the videos below to see how these fades are stained!




Special thanks to Walter in our stain department for lending his time and expertise to make these videos!

If you're interested in learning more about the guitar stain process, check out our interview with Trampas Ferree who invented both of the finishes demonstrated above!