Why are the skins not cut to specific body shapes?
There are literally hundreds of shapes of guitars in the marketplace, and something like a Les Paul shape may look identical from replica to replica, but I can tell you that there are subtle differences. If we offered a pre-cut Les Paul skin, it wouldn't fit perfectly on every replica brand out there which would lead to lots of disappointed customers. The best thing we can do is offer our HOW TO e-guide which shows how to trim to fit for your specific shape.
What does it cost for a custom skin design?
That depends whether I'm modifying an existing design or creating something from scratch. The price is obviously higher if we're creating something from scratch. What that price is depends on how complex the design is. In order for us to give you an estimate on price, check out our CUSTOM SHOP page and you can send us a message outlining what you have in mind. You can also upload an image to us so we can see what you have in mind.
Custom work can be as low as $20 and can go as high as $2000. It all depends on the complexity of the art we are producing.
How long does it take for my skin to arrive?
Well, that depends where you live. What I do want to stress is - we do not sell widgets; what we offer is custom guitar skins that are only printed when the customer places the order. Before a skin can be printed, we have to place the design into a template for your guitar shape to make sure everything lines up and works perfectly. Once we determine everything's good to go, we send the design to the printer. However, to keep prices low, at least 10 skins all have to be printed at once to reduce vinyl waste and to reduce cost. So, typically, a skin doesn't get printed for at least 3-5 days. Once it's printed, it gets shipped back to us. From there, we print your shipping label and it's then shipped off to you. The whole process can be anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks or more - depending where you live. If you're not good with waiting, you can always see if there's someone else who can offer what we do... but, we highly doubt it.
I have a design I created that I want you to make into a skin for me. What will it cost?
Pricing is determind by whether we actually have to do any work to your image before printing. If we don't have to do any work - meaning, you've set up it perfectly and it's good to go, then pricing is $60 for the skin plus $12 to ship within the U.S.
We have art specs that we follow in order for the skins to print beautifully. All of our designs are 300 DPI (dots per inch) high resolution images. If you want the best quality skin possible, it starts with a high quality image. If your image is sub-par, that's what you'll end up receiving. Please keep that in mind. Click here to learn more about submitting art.
Can clear coat be put over the skins?
Of course! That's what we highly recommend. The HOW TO e-guide we supply you with will take you through all of the steps you need to know in order to apply the skin and trim to fit. As for the clear-coating and the finishing steps, we also give you a copy of the PAINT YOUR OWN GUITAR book series to show you how to do that to get awesome results.
Do I have to clear coat over the skins?
Not at all. You can apply and just leave them. There's a protective laminate coating that's on the skins, however, it's still easy to ding them and to wear them down by rubbing your arm on them, so just be aware of that. Putting a clear coat over top is recommended.
Are you open to ideas for a skin or skin series?
Always! I could personally design several skins a day. The issue I've found is - if you give people too many options, they become overwhelmed and can never decide. That's what I've been told on many occasions. So - please feel free to let me know what your idea is. A lot of times, though, someone's idea becomes a custom job for them and only them because their idea is something that's really personal to them - but not something anyone else has requested.
Can I get a logo on the headstock piece?
Yes - not a problem. We'll include that for an additional $10.00. If you already have a logo you want to use, that can be used, too. There's still a $10.00 charge for that as we have to go in and modify the headstock file for you.
Can you create a custom logo for me for my headstock piece with a name I'd like?
Of course. Pricing is determined by what your goal is. If you're just using the logo for this guitar, then pricing is $25. However, if you plan on starting a guitar company and will use the logo for your company, pricing is different, and that's something we could discuss.
Where did you get the flamed maple pattern? Is it a photograph?
Nope - it's not a photograph. We recreate all patterns and designs ourselves. The flamed maple skins are derived from one of the BEST flamed maple finishes we've ever seen. After many hours, we were able to recreate the flame pattern and get it as close as possible. In many ways, it's as good as any flamed top you'll see. Same goes for the Snakeskin designs and the Quilted Maple designs. A lot of work went into recreating those basic designs so the quality would be top-notch.
If I buy a top and bottom skin, are they the same or different?
It depends. The skins are rectangular with room on them to move and rotate as you want. So, it's really up to you whether you want the bottom to look the same as the top. It doesn't have to if you don't want it to. For something like flamed or quilted maple, we move those around so the patterns are not the same on both sides - just to make it more believable.
I love your designs but I'm afraid I won't be able to do this myself. Can you do it for me?
We're looking into hiring someone that can run an INZANE production department so we can offer that service. The option I suggest to people who don't feel they can do it on their own is to bring it to their local guitar repair shop and talk to the guitar tech on staff to see if he would feel confident to do it.
Your two-piece skins are crazy cool. What shapes are available and which ones will be available in the not-too-distant future?
The two-piece skins will be available very soon and will be available for the following models:
Epiphone Les Paul
At some point, we may consider releasing two-piece skins for a Fender Strat and a Fender Tele, however, the issue is that the two-piece skins are not really designed for guitars with pickguards. In our tests we conducted, the skins will work, but the final look is not nearly as good as the models we are producing for right now due to the pickguard. The ridge from the pickguard leaves some gaps and that may bother the customer.
The idea behind the two-piece skins is not a permanent solution; they're meant to allow the guitarist the opportunity to change the look of the guitar quickly, and in a semi-permanent way. When they feel like removing it, they can and the skins come off and can be reused at a later time if theyre removed carefully enough.
The models we have chosen to produce two-piece skins for are based on the number of skins we currently sell to owners of those models. The guitar is at the price-point we believe is the right target for the two-piece skins. If the demand is there, we will certainly consider producing two-piece skins for other models like a V or an SG model.