Is this checking??

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  1. irishtele

    irishtele Tele-Meister

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    This has been on my classic player strat for a while now. I have only had it about a year and I know its very small but I was polishing it today and I thought I would ask you guys what it is?
    It looks a bit like checking but it is poly and is not very old! What do you guys think??
    It wasnt scraped or anything ans its not just a stain!

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  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    poly doesn't check ... dents, gouges, or deep scratches ???
     
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    "It don't mean a thing without them dings.."
     
  4. irishtele

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    Thats what I thought!
    I just said I would ask anyway! :p
    They probably are scratches then! :oops:
    Sorry for the waste of a thread but thanks for the super quick replys!! :cool:
     
  5. olaftheholy

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    actually checking on poly can be faked, and really convincing i might ad.
    There was a thread called 'i did the razor thing' with excellent pic's and results but the guy has exceeded his bandwith at photobucket so the pic's are gone.
    Here's my little test, a small patch on the back of a classic player neck.
    Also note the one small crack at the 4th screwhole, that's real checking on poly. i did NOT do that one.
    I've noticed that the really hard sealer on fender body's (wich sits on top of the wood under the poly paint) actually does check if you ding the poly real hard like with a hammer or something.
    The sealer schecks, the poly just looks ugly.

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  6. 62_Inca_Esquire

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    Not true. Poly can indeed check. It is, however, far more resistant to it than nitro.

    What is shown is not "checking" though.
     
  7. olaftheholy

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    yeah, we allready established that twice dude!
     
  8. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    In my MIK Fender Stratocaster I got these cracks.

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    Is this categorized as checking as well?
     
  9. Vole

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    I have a 1974 Strat here which is poly and it has a ton of checking.

    So poly does check.
     
  10. John Scott

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    poly WILL chack, well crack< if there was TOO much catylist in the mix as it was being sprayed, this is why early mexican models and early 80's ffender models will chip easier than newer models.

    also as RE VIntage pointed out, even the seventies guitars which had poly base coats, and nnitro top coats, will check all the way down.

    this is a result of the wood expanding and contracting under the poly, and the poly being "TOO HARD" doue to the catylist.

    the neck pocket cracks shown in the pic would not qualify as "checking" as much as it would just finish cracking from the neck shifting a bit.

    not a big deal unles your anal about keeping your guitar pretty.
     
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