How It’s Made: Blue Fade and Grey Black Fade Finishes

PRS Blue Fade Grey Black Fade

Have you ever had a "how do they do that" reaction to a fade finish? Our talented employees on the staining bench have a methodical approach to these creations. It starts with a perfectly sanded natural maple guitar body, and ends in a beautiful transition of colors and hues. We sped up the videos to quickly show how the layers are applied, but it takes about 6-7 minutes for our employees to stain by hand. After the stain is applied, there is a lengthy grain-fill, basecoat, and topcoat process to add more texture to the back grain, seal in the color, and protect the guitars for years of happy playing. 

Check out the videos below to see how these fades are stained!







Special thanks to Walter in our stain department for lending his time and expertise to make these videos!

If you're interested in learning more about the guitar stain process, check out our interview with Trampas Ferree who invented both of the finishes demonstrated above!

Comments (2)

Rob s April 21, 2018 - 12:49am
Just bought my MCCarty 594 also have SE Custom 22 all of your guitars are great can’t put them down! Pure quality thank you for a super product
Randy Rich April 15, 2018 - 11:05am
Love the quality and playability of your guitars. The fit and finishes along with the tones they produce are nothing short of genius. Recently bought a Hollow Body II and ordered a Silver Sky. Thanks again for building great guitars.

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