Back in the 30’s National guitars became known for a novelty finish called “frosted duco.” This finish was gorgeous due to it’s unique character. Since the finish’s beauty relied on how crystals grow (no two are the same), each finish was different, making them absolutely gorgeous when done right.
Now mind you, this was in the 30’s, so how on earth would you get a finish like that on a new guitar or even refinish an old one? Well, you would have to call Rik Besser of B Fanatic Guitarworks. Rik is a specialist in the frosted duco finish and he has dedicated much time to perfecting his craft; so much so that he is responsible for that very finish on new National guitars made today.
Rik not only applies this finish to new Nationals, he also helps restore old Nationals, and he even sells some on his site. If you have any interest in resos this is a great place to check out even if it is just for the visual inspiration.
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