What is the Attraction to the Nitro Finish?

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  1. gustafson907

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    I’ve played and owned guitars with both poly, nitro, etc.. my opinion is that nitro generally takes a little edge off the attack and warms up the sound of the instrument mostly playing live. The careful selection of the woods, pickups, hardware, fingers always outperforms finish in terms of tone.
     
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    Now that we have microsoft AI we can detect those tones that otherwise would have taken sixty years to find. Cheers.
     
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  3. MartinC

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    I've got a 1980 Japanese Ibanez that I believe is nitro. It's all cracked, which I don't mind, but it seems to also cause anything metal (hardware, wiring, pots, frets, strings) to corrode rapidly. I keep resurrecting it, but it's now past my level of patience, so I have given up on it.

    On the other hand, I have a Suhr with their regular finish and a PRS Mira with their regular finish, both of which are HIGHLY resonant and dripping with tone. I'll take that kind of poly finish any day.
     
  4. Lexbro

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    regardless of the effect on sound, nitro c lacquer seems to meld and sink into the wood in a very sensuous way like varnish on an old Italian violin. Poly just looks like the instrument has been wrapped in plastic..your mileage may...
     
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    But, some people wear Dockers/Crocs/Tie-dye/backward baseball caps....
    Tastes vary.
    : )
     
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  6. friend33

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    WHO??!! :eek::eek::eek:

    I do NOT want to see that, hard to get that image out of my mind...o_O)
     
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    I didn't mean 'all together at once!' Yeah, that would be not good....
     
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  8. Husky

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    “Poly” is not a paint though. Polyester? Polyurethane? Both of these are very different, there are also catalyzed varnishes, Acrylic urethanes and the list goes on all used today by guitar builders. Also remember the amount of different nitrocellulose Lacquers vary greatly as well.
     
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  9. candid_x

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    Before entering Gearheaddom, after decades of playing, I recall the guys at a local guitar store saying that lacquer always feels warm and poly always feels cold. hmm ok...

    I've had both and like a good job of either. The way some mim Fenders seem wrapped in gloss plastic is not how most American poly finishes look, especially after 2008 or so, when poly finishes became thinner.

    It's still a mystery to me why certain models of nitro seem to remain sticky/tacky for some time, while others seem dry and cured.

    When I recently chose a beater Strat, I must admit, I like the look of the 2-tone sunburst 50s Roadworn. It has a natural looking and cured luster, that poly just doesn't match. But poly is undoubtedly a more durable finish. They're both fine in my book, just depends on its function and my mood.

    (posted before reading Husky's post)
     
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    It makes a guitar look like a guitar that has been played a lot longer than it actually has giving cred to the owner is my guess.
     
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    What does that have to do with what I posted?
     
  12. friend33

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    EVERYTHING!! If this is indeed happening, immediate action is necessary. Keep your priorities straight! ;)

    (Wait...just looked closer at your avatar...o_O)
     
  13. GovernorSilver

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    My poly guitars should also do fine but the aforementioned EJ Strat is nitro.
     
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    I'm not here to argue (contrary to most of this thread). I am seeking guidance. The finish of one of the Gibsons that I have had a reaction with the foam of the guitar hanger I had it on. It messed up the finish at the bottom sides of the headstock from which it was hanging. Is there anything I can do to repair it? Is this a common occurrence with nitro finishes? Any help is much appreciated.
     
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  15. Thumpalumpacus

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    Yes, I know.
     
  16. Thumpalumpacus

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    Yeah, and I can hear a mouse farting into a cottonball in New Delhi.
     
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  17. Stike

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    This is a common occurrence and there have been many posts over the years addressing it.

    Post a separate thread with pics of the damage.
     
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    There you go posting accurate information again.
     
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    Hamer used acrylic lacquer. Good stuff applied right by talented dudes.
     
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  20. Stike

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    Hamer USA used nitrocellulose lacquer up to 1991 and switched to a urethane clear after that.
     

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