Poly finish Fender question

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  1. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Why won't Fender spray nitro on every model?

    Doesn't Gibson spray nitro on every guitar regardless of model?
     
  2. highrise

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    Spraying nitro is very expensive. There is more labor/guitar than poly.

    Also, Fender is in California...which is a very tough state for environmental regulations (a bunch of which outline that spraying nitro is harmful for the enviro).

    Tennessee and Montana don't have as many reg's.
     
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    Nitro slows production. $1000 vs $2200 or so, big diff in prices. Also what he said about the regs in Cali.
     
  4. zombywoof

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    Fender guitars have been poly coated since 1963.
     
  5. zombywoof

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    I think it is not that nitro was that more expensive or labor intensive but rather that it took a long time to dry. Most modern lacquers have a catalyst in them that makes them now dry extremely quickly.
     
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    Whats funny about this is the Highway one series guitars are Nitro and relatively inexpensive. There almost perfect for the relic stuff as well.
     
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    When I took the tour at Taylor guitars, they explained their UV cure process by comparing how long it takes to put out a guitar from grabbing the first piece of wood to stringing it. Shooting traditional finishes adds 5 to 10 days. From a production standpoint, that's a lot of material simply sitting around in an expensive dust-free area while coats dry.
     
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    AQMD in California es muy duro....

    Ton'z O' shooting Nitro in Ensenada...
     
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    Highway One Series guitars are 'assembled' in Mexico. Their environmental laws are no where near as strict as the US...

    -KD
     
  10. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Ding dong! Granted they are made in Mexico.
    I've heard that it's not the same type of nitro and there's a poly undercoat however I did good making one into a relic.
     
  11. guitarfish

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    Gibson LP Studios are nitro and aren't much more than MIA Strats, so I don't think finishing with nitro is much more expensive. I believe Gibson uses 6 coats of nitro if I remember correctly. That probably takes some time.
     
  12. Marc.yo

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    i'm pretty sure that i heard from XXsive on teh SD forums that gibson uses an extremely small amount of nitro in their paint, but enough to say that it is a nitro lacquer. that is why you can't subject your new LP to the weather and it will check nicely. it wont...the relicers actually use needles and air compressors to check the finish IIRC
     

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