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Did Fender shoot Nitro in the 70's??

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by scarb, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. scarb

    scarb Tele-Meister

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    I know in 68 Fender changed to poly or a blend there of. I have been looking to buy a mid 70's strat. Most are natural, or ugly SB, I finally found an original 1976 Blonde strat. Very cool color. If you take the pick guard off, the blonde is a whole lot lighter. It has aged like nitro. I did'nt think poly turned gold. My question is, did Fender shoot poly on natural and SB strats as a norm , but Olympic White, blonde was clearcoated with nitro? Is this a possibility? Any ideas?

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    scarb

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  2. Mark Davis

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    Yes it aged like that cause the nitro topcoats turn yellow with age.

    Before 68 they were all nitro after 68 they used poly undercoats.

    Now a new Fender thats all poly wont age like that the nitro topcoats did that white to butterscotch fade just like the old Teles.
     
  3. slack

    slack Friend of Leo's

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    Actually, the only "color" which you listed that was shot as lacquer in the 70s is sunburst finishes. However, I believe by the late 70s they were no longer lacquer. Except sunburst, the only lacquer finishes in the 70s were early 70s custom colors like sonic blue.

    Natural, oly white, and blond were not lacquer in the 70s. Tanlines, fading, wear, and checking all happened with the poly finishes too. The checking was generally different with poly, being long and deep, whereas a crazing appearance is more common with lacquer.
     
  4. PhatTele

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    Interesting...I've always been curious about that. I've got a couple of early-mid 70s Mustang bodies finished in Olympic White. The fading/yellowing looks a lot like the picture of that Strat in the first post. Also, they both have that "crazing" type of checking going on all over the body and the necks that I got to go along with them (mid-70s). They look great and almost identical to the finish wear on a friend's '61 Strat, which is either from a lotta love or a lotta abuse (maybe both ;)
     
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    Interesting. I am pretty sure an early 73 mustang body in burst is nitro. I just don’t have a solvent to test it.

    It smells like nitro, and the body is checked quite fine, extensively. It was very dull before I hit it with Mother’s
    oxidation remover (pre wax cleaner), a very good product which has never caused upset to even the most delicate finish, or decal. I always assumed the shrinking guard was emitting the piney nitro essence. It became apparent during the deoxidizing procedure.

    I lost a spot or two of paint around the heel while reconstructing the neck pocket, and am considering a touch up if the original is lacquer.
     
  6. Dacious

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    Nope. The custardcaster in my avatar is lime white under the pickguard and solid colours (which were mostly Lucite - acrylic- by late 60s) got no topcoat.

    The one place you'll find nitro on a 70's is the headstock face - the stickers reacted with poly.
     
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    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, only on the headstock face.
     
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