How fast will my skin arrive once I place my order?
INZANE SKINS operates as a CUSTOM SHOP SERVICE to all buyers. What that means is - we keep NO inventory on anything; when someone places an order for their specific guitar, we take the original design and we modify it to work on that customer's guitar. When you see the design on a strat-style body and you have a DEAN ML, that whole design needs to be moved around to work on an ML. This can take up to an hour at times. You still pay the same price - the customization work is on us. On average, we get several orders a day and virtually all designs have to be modified and this takes time. Once we're done with your design, we send screenshots to you to approve.
With that said, you can expect your skin to arrive in roughly 2 weeks. Once you approve the skin, we send your skin along with several other customers' skins as a batch of skins to our printer who prints them on a top-of-the-line 54" latex ink printer. Once the batch of skins gets sent to the printhouse, our order gets entered into their queue. Sometimes, the skins are printed quickly, and sometimes, they are not. It all depends on how busy they are.
If you get frustrated and ask for a refund, we do not offer refunds. When you order, you click a checkbox that says - you agree to our terms of no refunds. we operate as a CUSTOM SHOP that is customizing something specifically for YOU.
BOTTOM LINE: PLEASE BE PATIENT! You've waited a long time to have what you want. We're going to give you what you want. Your skin will be to you soon!
I'm trying to login to my account, but it says - email or password are incorrect?
When you create an account, we send you an email with confirmation link to confirm your account. By clicking on the link provided, you confirm your account. However, until you do that, your logins will not work. Please go back and look for that email, then simply click on the link within. If you don't see the email in your inbox, please check your SPAM folder - it might be in there.
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.
Do your skins work on LEFTY guitars?
YES! LEFTIES ARE PEOPLE TOO! All designs are modified to work on whichever guitar OR BASS a customer has - and, that obviously includes LEFTY models of all guitars AND BASSES.
Are your skins suitable for basses?
YES! All designs are modified to work on whichever BASS a customer has. All of our designs are created at a very high resolution so even if someone has an oversized guitar or bass, our designs can work with them.
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 several hundreds of dollars. It all depends on the complexity of the art we are producing.
Can a skin be applied over bare wood?
The answer is NO. The adhesive on the back of the skin needs something relatively smooth and non-porous to be able to adhere to. If your guitar body is bare wood, I recommend sealing the grain filler or something comparable, then sanding that flat. The skin can be applied over top of that.
If I want to remove the skin later on, will that wreck the finish underneath it?
Guitars that are finished with a 2-stage urethane or polyester will NOT be affected. In fact, the skin would probably not even leave a residue. Guitars that are finished in Lacquer or Acrylic Lacquer, YES - the skin will affect the finish. The adhesive reacts to the lacquer. So, if you're considering putting a skin on a guitar, as long as the guitar is not finished in lacquer, you'll be fine.
I would like to order your skin. Are you able to provide a color ID # so I can color match for the base coat?
The best thing to do is to wait till you actually have the skin, then bring it to your local Auto Paint Supply store to have them match the red for you from the color swatch books they have. They should be able to put that paint into a spray can for you to use as your base coat.Typically, this is how I do coloring matching.
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 $100 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. See this page 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 fee that you'll see when placing your order. If you already have a logo you want to use, that can be used, too. There's still an addiional 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. You'll see all of he available options when you are choosing what specific skin pieces you need. 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. ALL of our flamed maple patterns are derived from some of the BEST flamed maple finishes we've ever seen. After many many hours, we recreate the flame patterns 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?
YES! We now offer full skin installations! See this page for pricing. Another 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.