The Nitrocellulose lacquer featured on all Private Build B&G Guitars is an ultralight paint job, that requires impeccable preparation of the body, and truly skilled workmanship to spray and buff the work to perfection. The entire process, including the drying time between different finish layers, takes several weeks, but it results in a beautiful and tonally transparent finish. Additionally, the Nitro lacquer is applied as the thinnest, lightest coating possible, and it keeps on evaporating and becoming thinner along with time, sinking in the wood and becoming part of it. Eventually, it develops a beautiful, natural maturing patina that contributes to the vintage, aged look of the instrument.
The main difference between a gloss lacquer and a matte lacquer is in the amount of time needed for the buffing process of the lacquer. The matte finish requires significantly less time than the gloss finish, therefore is less expensive in the manufacturing process.
In terms of thickness, weight, and tonal transparency, the matte finish is slightly thinner, but whilst this difference may be noticeable in an acoustic guitar, it is very subtle in our electrics. It really is a matter of personal preference, whether you lean towards a shiny, glossy appearance, or a warmer, more discreet look for your guitar. Normally, the glossy finish fits well with lacquered brass hardware, to match the overall shine, while the matte finish sits beautifully with the naturally aged brass hardware.