Solid Color Or Tranparent Finishes On Your Guitar?

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  1. jwguitar

    jwguitar Supporting Member

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    What is your preference solid colors or transparent finishes. I prefer solid in General. Its been a while since I have owned a transparent finish with a flame or quilted top. I think for performing it helps the guitar stand out more when its a bright color.









     
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  2. SupremeDalek

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    I like solid colors, but I'm an absolute sucker for transparent finishes. I want to see the wood grain and the beautiful craftsmanship.
     
  3. 61cygni

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    Best of both worlds, a 3 tone sunburst!
     
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    I like woodgrain. Translucent at least for me.
     
  5. cap10kirk

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    I mostly prefer opaque finishes, but it depends on the guitar and what the wood looks like. I do like solid finishes on the top of a guitar with a transparent/natural back. And I like some transparent finishes (just single colors, no bursts) as long as there's not some ridiculously figured piece of wood I have to see through the finish...I'm just not a fan of most figured woods and would rather cover them up, so that alone eliminates most transparent finishes for me.
     
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  6. Carbohydrates

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    I'm with you 100%. I have moved away from transparent finishes and I just don't like wood grain on a guitar very much. If it's gonna be there, I'd at least prefer it to be a TV finish or a dark stain or something that keeps it subtle. I'm also fine with a solid color top / natural back, like a blacktop Les Paul or similar.

    From favorite to least favorite, with photo examples of guitars I own/owned!

    1) opaque, solid color
    2) metallic
    3) transparent, single color
    4) burst
    5) natural
     
  7. SDH

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    Enjoy both. Gloss black, snow white, honey sunburst maple, they're all beautiful. Ok, I have GAS now. :D
     
  8. Carbohydrates

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    Ha, could have saved myself typing out a post because you nailed it beat for beat. Opaque yes, solid top / natural back yes, simple stains on non figured woods yes, no to bursts and no to heavy figuring. I like your taste. I'm even committing TGP heresy by having a burst Les Paul refinished into a solid color right now.
     
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  9. rednoise

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    I have a distinct preference for opaque finishes on solid-body electric guitars, especially if they have a geometric shape like most Fenders. Slight translucency might be OK on a case-by-case basis. Subtle 'bursts might be acceptable on traditional-looking designs, like Les Pauls. I dislike highly figured wood with transparent or nearly-so finishes. When I see one of those the first thing that usually comes to mind is, "You're trying too hard", which could refer to either the player or the luthier, or both.
     
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    I like solid colors on my strats and teles, transparent or flamed maple finishes on my Les Paul and PRS types. Give me a good sonic blue and white pickguard on a strat or tele and I'm set.
     
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  11. thesjkexperienc

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    I’ve got at least one of everything: clear, sunburst, translucent, solid and metallic. Lucky me!
     
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  12. Pongo

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    Got both, and honestly don't prefer one over the other. It's definitely individual to each guitar.
     
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    I like them all, if it's on interesting piece of wood then clear or tint. Alder gets opaqued.
     
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    I love ebony and surf/seafoam finishes, although...a lemon or tabacco burst really gets my juices flowing.
     
  16. RicardoDiazHimself

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    Wood can be one of nature's most beautiful creations/accidents. If you have it, show it ;)
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  17. vortexxxx

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    To me it really depends on the guitar, so I can't give a proper reply.
     
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  18. Jay Will

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    I prefer translucent colors on exotic woods and solid colors on plain woods
     
  19. ctreitzell

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    Black or vintage/tobacco burst are pretty all I own. I do have a blackburst Epi LP 7string.

    White looks great under the lights, I don't own a white guitar.

    I used to be an only opaque guy, but I don't really have a pref. Natural/clear isn't something I gravitate to. That said, I do understand and appreciate wood as I refinished wood floors for many, many years.
     
  20. Lloyd_m

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    Translucent for carved tops and solid for flat tops for me, although I wouldn't mind a solid colored carved top as long as the back is clear.
     

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