Discolored Falcon!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bob M, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Bob M

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    Looking for some opinions. I have a 2012 Gretsch White Falcon with a poly finish that appears to be yellowed by the sun! It’s not too bad but I would like to know if this can be buffed out or is there any else that may work. It’s a favorite of mine so I would like it to be perfect if possible.
     
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    hmmm, got pics?
     
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    Yeah....need pictures.
    Sometimes "yellowing" or discoloration makes a guitar even more attractive.
     
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    I'd love an Off-White Falcon!
     
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    Is the discoloring uniform, or patchy? Could be a perfect Cream Falcon.
     
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    You're killing me, Bob. Let's see this thing.
     
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    I came. I saw no photos. I left.
     
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    There are no pictures! It does not exist! ;)
     
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    The yellow background from the TDPRI forum is making it hard to see. Can you tweak the contrast a bit?
     
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    Yah, pics would help. However, I feel fairly safe in saying if it's due to UV exposure, you won't be able to buff it out.

    I have a 1980s Les Paul Custom that's darkened to a pretty shade of ivory over the years.
    I call it Nicotine Blonde.

    Actually prefer the look of Les Pauls without a pickguard, but this one's still bright white underneath, where the pickguard has protected the original finish.

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    Sorry not to provide pictures sooner. If the whole body was yellowing in a uniform fashion I wouldn’t be that concerned.
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    I don’t know how obvious it is but it’s a foot long stripe on the treble side of the body. I don’t play this much but it was due for a cleaning and restring and I discovered the issue. F8073DA1-A7CC-4975-A037-71F31B3E74F6.jpeg
     
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    If I am seeing what you are seeing, it is UV exposure on the area NOT covered by the back pad. I am guessing that the side of the body is discolored as well, but harder to distinguish. You could try a buff/polish, but I doubt there is a cure, other than letting the rest of the guitar yellow in the sun.
     
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    Leave your guitar alone, it's natural,what happened,the leather back cover simply prevented the back of the guitar to age like the rest of the guitar.
    Again: step away from your guitar! :)

    This from a fellow WF owner and lover

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    I’d leave it as-is as well. Aging is a natural process. Before you know it that gold plating will be nickel —I personally love that about Gretsch, as I can’t stand gold hardware.
     
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    That doesn't look like UV aging to me; it's too localized.
    More likely contact discoloration of some sort IMO.

    I once had something similar happen to a white guitar back from the dye in a leather belt.
     
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    I am strongly positioned in the “let it discolor as it will, while playing the bejesus out of it” camp. Character, man!
     
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    I have a 2004 Gretsch White Falcon that is visibly whiter under the Bigsby, but that can only be seen when I take the strings off and lift it up.
    It’s an aging process.
    I’d leave well enough alone.
    It’s dignified.
     
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    Look at the picture.
    Again.
    Carefully this time :)
     
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    I kept looking at this picture then something caught my eye... it’s a Burny!
    In small picture form I almost didn’t see it

    Still Looks cool
     
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    The problem is not visible to me on my laptop. Most yellowing is caused by a nitro clear coat aging in sunlight. Unless you never move the guitar and the light just hits it the same way for ages, it's usually a pretty even, all-over change. My '87 reissue '61 LP/SG Custom is a beautiful banana cream color. Some yellowed, once-white guitars look awful to me; ditto for the (many) once-beautiful blue ones that are now a bilious green.
     
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