Custom Orders

 

Our custom order options are something we want you to love. We want your build to be something you're proud of and we can help ever step of the way. Whether you pick a package, just need a specific colour or guidance we can help you.

Vintage parts, nitro lacquers and colours are the keys to a successful build. Reach out to us to start an amazing recreation of some of the most sought after guitars the world has to offer. 

Once your order is set we will be in touch with you via phone or email (your choice) to go over your needs. We take every detail into consideration with this process to get your build to looks like it's been pulled out of a 70 year old guitar case.

What can I expect out of my Order?

We get asked about this all the time. We've spent a great deal of time replicating old finishes. You can expect your parts to look old, not new. With thin flashcoat finishes that hug the grain patterns on the guitar bodies. Even on Alder the grain will be apparent. Natural occurring vintage checking and tasteful dings, dents, chips and wear.

Once you have sent us an email requesting an invoice you will be sent a package via email. This will give you everything you need to start your process. You will be sent a build sheet to fill out with the options provided by us. From colours, to neck profiles, woods, figured woods, radius, fretboard, frets,  to custom options. You fill out the build sheet, send it back to us via email and we will build you an invoice for approval. This provides customers with a couple of things. The time they need to make choices and the prices associated with those changes.

Our Packages

We've updated our packages to make it easier on our customers looking for specific finishes while not confusing them with others and separating yellowed lacquer top coat ageing.

GL Lush - Very light ageing. Little to no lacquer checking, very little dings dents and wear. Replicating a guitar that was played and well cared for. 

*GL Lush Plus- This finish is the same as the original package but with added lacquer yellowing

GL Lite - Light ageing. Lacquer checking with light chips, dings and wear. Lacquer lightly sunken into the grain. Replicating a guitar that was played but mostly aged in its case for 70 years.

*GL Lite Plus - This finish is the same as the original package but with added lacquer yellowing.

GL Journeymen - Medium ageing. Moderate/medium dings and chips, lacquer sunken into grain patterns, lacquer checking and playwear.

*GL Journeymen Plus - Same as original package but with added lacquer yellowing.

GL Aged - Aged (including arm wear) chips, dings and playwear, lacquer sunken into grain pattern, lacquer checking.

*GL Aged Plus - This finish is the same as the original with a heavier yellowed appearance.

Finished in a flashcoat or true historic finish.

The Flash Coat Finish

Why we use a flash coat finish. Simply put. It makes the guitar instantly feel broken in and aged. It's different from a high gloss factory finish. It's still a gloss finish. Less degree of shine and it melts into the guitar beautifully leaving a broken in feel that's ultra thin. Fender uses this on their high end 50's custom shop telecasters and recently their Vintage Custom 50's Pine Esquire. Gibson used this method heavily for a time period around the 60's before their final buff.

 

True Historic

Very thin lacquer that is wet sanded between coats and a final cut and light polish to replicate an old finish.

Colours include but are not limited to,

Custom Options

Our colour list for starters on custom orders is but not limited to,

Aztec Gold
Arctic White
Black
Buttercream
Blond
Butterscotch Blond
Broadcaster Blond
Nocaster Blond
Burgundy Mist
Candy Apple Red
Candy Tangerine
Candy Apple Green
Daphne Blue
Desert Sand 1955
Desert Sand 1959
Dakota Red
Fiesta Red
Sonic Blue
Lake Placid Blue 1962 (Lighter Version)
Lake Placid Blue 1964 (Darker Version)
Metallic Purple
Dark Metallic Purple
Inca Silver
Firemist Gold
Classic Copper
Shell Pink
Shoreline Gold
Surf Green
Sea Foam Green
Sherwood Green 1957 (Lighter Version)
Sherwood Green 1963 (Darker Version)
Ocean Turquoise Metallic
Teal Green Metallic
Tahitian Coral
Taos Turquoise
Olympic White
Vintage White
Pacific Peach
Faded Daphne Blue
Faded Sonic Blue
Faded Surf Green
Faded Sea Foam Green
Faded Fiesta Red
Faded Shell Pink
Faded Tahitian Coral
Faded Dakota Red
Faded Sherwood Green
Faded Burgundy Mist
Faded Lake Placid Blue
Faded Capri Orange
Faded Tahitian Coral
Surf Pearl
Black Pearl
Shell Pink Pearl
Sea Foam Pearl
Olympic Pearl
White Pearl
Cimarron Red
Faded Cimarron Red
Alpine White
Cherry
Polaris White
Polar White
Olive Drab
54-57 Two Tone Sunburst
58-64 Three Tone Sunburst
64-66 Three Tone Sunburst
54 Chocolate Two Tone Sunburst
59 Chocolate Three Tone Sunburst
Mystic Sunburst
Tobacco Burst
Cherry Burst
Silverburst
Dark Night Burst
Sparkle Burst
Mocha Burst
Candy Burst
TV Yellow
LP Gold
Antique Natural
Walnut 522
Trans Sonic Blue
Trans Daphne Blue
Trans Shell Pink
Trans Seafoam Green
Trans Fiesta Red
Trans Dakota Red
British Racing Green
Dark Blue
Orange
Dark Mocha Brown
Mystic Dakota Red
Oxblood
Frost Gold Metallic
Bob Weir Pink
Sage Green Metallic
Arizona Sun
Navy Blue Metallic
Violet
Antique Olive
Sky Burst Metallic
Pewter Metallic 
Mystic Sea Foam
Cardinal Red
335 Cherry Red (Solid)
Paisley 68-69

*Sparkle Finishes (Large Flake)

Silver Sparkle
Purple Sparkle
Green Sparkle
Teal Sparkle
Gold Sparkle
Copper Sparkle
Pink Sparkle
Sapphire Sprakle
Orange Sparkle


*Colour Over Sunburst 

*Colour Over Colour

For an additional charge (99$) you may send us a sample of a colour you want to be custom matched.

Custom Necks

* Must be sent to us for finishing.

 

S-57 GL AGED SEA FOAM GREEN 

S-57 GL LITE SHELL PINK

T-59 GL JOURNEYMEN CUSTOM BLUE

S-59 GL LITE TAHITIAN CORAL

S-57 GL AGED DAKOTA RED OVER 2 TONE SUNBURST

S-59 Journeymen Olympic White 

Faded LBP T-59 Journeymen Ageing

Custom JM-59 In Aged Oxblood with Block Inlay and heavier wear

 

T-52 in Aged Butterscotch Blond

Another Beautiful Paisley Guitar Aged to a specific 68

 

 

Finished Bodies

We offer vintage bodies with flashcoat lacquer finishes in choice colours. If you have your own neck to pair you can choose from our packages and purchase just a custom body.

These are vintage recreations of the most iconic guitars from the golden years. Open your box to the sweet smell of Nitro and the fit and finish of a vintage instrument.

Timeline 14-20 weeks

PARTS SENT TO US

See Vintage Refinishing for details

Timeline 14 weeks

By request we will offer LP finishes in either 1957 Gold Top, or 1959 Cherry Sunburst. Contact us to go over your ageing package. Prices for LP finishing start at 899.99. Body/neck must be sent to us in its case.

 

Custom Colour Orders

We can also do custom colour matches for you. Imagine if you could walk into the Fender or Gibson Custom Shop with a picture of a guitar and say "I'd like a quart of this please". Well you can actually do that here. Reach out to speak with us if there is a specific colour you're after. Sample must be provided for exact match.

Custom colour matches start at

150$ Opaque or translucent colour

200$ Metallic colours or pearl colours

Option to put colours into custom aerosol or standard containers. Aerosol cans are extra charge.

We can also match colours to pictures for people who can't provide samples. Reach out to us to start the process. This method requires great attention to detail. As far as we know we are the only shop around that can match nitrocellulose lacquer colours to pictures and put them into aerosol form. You must provide good pictures in order to match correctly. 

If you need larger quantities of nitro you're in the right place. Ask for our price list on quarts for custom colours and quarts/gallons for sealers, primers and clears. We supply many builders with vintage correct custom colours in north america. If we we have it in stock you can order it. If we don't.... we can match any colour you need (Sample provided) Email us to set up your custom invoice to be sent to you. Larger quantities require a custom shipping rate which is included in your invoice. 

 

 

Email

greatlakescustomcolour@outlook.com