The Nitro lacquer featured on all Private Build B&G Guitars is an ultralight paint job, that requires a perfect preparation of the body, and truly skilled workmanship to be sprayed and buffed to perfection. The entire process, including the drying time on between different finish layers, takes several weeks, but it grants a beautiful and tonally transparent finish. Additionally, the Nitro lacquer starts already 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. With time it develops a beautiful, natural aging 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 while this difference may be noticeable in an acoustic guitar, it is subtle in our electrics. It really is a matter of personal preference, whether you like better 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 fits well with the naturally aged brass hardware.