NGD--Stripped Highway One Tele

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  1. habanaerosmith

    habanaerosmith Member

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    This guitar was red when I bought it used. I hate red guitars, so I poured some acetone on it to see if that would do the trick. It worked, but not quite. So I tried some paint stripper, which seemed to bleed the red paint into the poly undercoat. I should have stuck with acetone and hit it a few times.

    Anyway, after some 400 grit sandpaper, 0000 steel wool and scratch remover, it came out perfectly fine, at least for what I was after.

    The weird thing is, is seems to sound better now than before, which I'm not sure is the removal of paint, or the fact that I don't hate the way it looks.

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  2. Phila67

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    The "breathing effect" ala the Beatles' Epiphone Casinos? I have a three color sunburst HWI tele with rosewood board. Maybe I will give this a go if/when the finish starts to peel.
     
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    That looks great! Also, I'm not surprised it sounds better.

    This started life as a Chinese Tele with a four piece alder body. I didn't really care what it looked like so I took a belt sander to it, fine sanded and hit it with tung oil.

    After that it was one of the most resonant guitars I've ever owned.

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  4. habanaerosmith

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    It's partly that, although I think you were kidding. That highway one 'nitro' really is a joke. you can literally peel it off with your fingernail. I remember reading somewhere that Fender was outright deceitful with those finishes, and that they were never nitro lacquer in the first place, but actually acrylic lacquer.

    The amazing thing is that the poly undercoat is a perfectly good finish to begin with.

    anyway, anytime you remove a glopped-on finish, the weight of the guitar changes a bit, and that might contribute.

    I also have a theory that, especially with bolt on guitars, if you take the guitar completely apart--hardware, electronics and all--and then put it back together, it won't sound the same as it did before. sometimes better, sometimes worse, sometimes just different.

    This time, it sounded better for whatever reason.

    I think I'll swap out the white pickguard for black. Def cooler.
     

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