We started to develop our aged finish in 2010. It was the result of an accident with one of our Buddy Holly J45s. The guitar got a bad scratch during the build so we thought let’s age it to look like Buddy’s original guitar.
That guitar sold instantly so we built some more. We realised we were onto something when the Martin Custom shop bought one of our White Rice models. Although we started out making heavier relic versions, we soon realised most people like their guitar to look a little cleaner. So now we make our aged finishes look like a guitar that has been looked after since day one. Think of it like your Grandfathers prized possession. Each aged guitar has 8 coats of Nitro and yellowing tints. We freeze all of our aged finishes to help the check. The result being a super thin finish with grain sinkage. This is now the choice finish for 70% of our customers.