When I was asked to build a guitar with an alligator skin pattern I wasn’t really sure what to think but I’m not one to shy away from a custom request, no matter how unusual. I spent a few days studying pictures of alligators and then went about carving the design free-hand into the top.
We made the guitar with an extra thick layer of clear polyester on the top and then carved the three-dimensional pattern into that leaving the carbon weave exposed underneath.
It was a time-consuming process carving each scale pattern, but the end result was well worth it. The top was then covered with an amber tinted clear coat and the back and sides got one of our marble finishes.
It’s an unusual guitar but a very very cool one. It also had to sound and play great and this guitar is actually a 28.5” baritone and has a sound as powerful as a real life gator.