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Custom Guitar Finishes Is Our Future


CGF Custom Guitar Finishing began as a favor for a friend. Our experience is 30 years in custom high end cabinet and furniture finishing services. Nitrocellulose lacquer finishes were included in these projects. This thirty year experience became our foundation to produce the custom guitar finishes that are required of a guitar finishing service.

We became guitar finishers by a happy accident.

Our friend, Dennis Kalkowski had an idea. He wanted to build custom guitars to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Even though he is also a patient, he embarked on this project. Slowlane Guitars was founded.

When he needed custom guitar finishes, he thought of us. There was a long learning curve to make this change. Unknown to Dennis, there is a huge difference between a piece of furniture and a guitar body. As we told Dennis, a Lamborghini and VW Bug are both cars, but that is where the similarity ends.

We did a lot of research, practicing, trial, and error to learn the skill. In the end, a partnership was born.

As it turned out, this was a fantastic opportunity for us. We loved the work. As the saying goes, “If you love what you are doing, you will never work a day in your life”. Producing these art pieces is so much more rewarding than cabinet and furniture finishing. Producing these guitar bodies was not considered work. We have moved completely into custom guitar finishing.

We really enjoy collaborating with our customers. This produces a product that is more than just a guitar. Most of our customers have been playing guitar for years. Building this guitar will be their dream guitar. It is amazing to see a block of bare wood transform into an art piece. This art piece is also a magnificent musical instrument. We believe the most beautiful custom guitar finishes are those produced with nitrocellulose lacquer.

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