Is This Poly or Nitro?

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Can you tell from these photos if this finish is Nitro or Poly? Happy to take other photos if helpful. Your input is greatly appreciated.

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It has flush ferrules, and a pronounced rout where the notch is, with sharp body edge radius. Hence my inquiry. Some of the 80s Reissues were a can of worms; like thick lacquer over whatever, and can look like that.

If it's urethane and that color, it would have to be 68-71 (or maybe 72) with that routing, but those years did not have flush ferrules.
 

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Doubling down on lacquer. Some type of modern reissue or whatever body with thick lacquer. That wear is typical of many such non-CS Fender guitars.
 

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I've seen lacquer chip exactly like that on countless 1980s '52 RIs. And that same wood appearance beneath (sans clear "poly" base).

What is the make/model of the guitar body, OP?
 

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Looks like mid-70s blonde poly to me. Hard to tell apart from olympic white acrylic lacquer on colour though (which was never nitro and iirc continued in use through the 70s). But the thickness shouts poly to me. The relatively clean look of the wood makes me think 70s bulletproof sealer coat too.
 

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Looks like poly to me. I would expect those wrinkles on the back to be cracking and flaking if it were nitro, it's a much more brittle finish.
 

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Thanks. Yeah, late 60s early 70s. Was pretty sure was Poly as it’s consistent with other early 70s Blondes I’ve tried… plastic-y thick finish with chunking wear, and creamy undercoat visible. But I wanted the added wisdom of TDPRI. Always learning.
 

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Thanks. Yeah, late 60s early 70s. Was pretty sure was Poly as it’s consistent with other early 70s Blondes I’ve tried… plastic-y thick finish with chunking wear, and creamy undercoat visible. But I wanted the added wisdom of TDPRI. Always learning.

Late 60s and early 70s (any 70s) Teles didn't have flush string ferrules in the body.

Do you have additional pics of this body to share, inclusive of neck pocket, etc.?
 

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Regarding the ferrules not being flush. I've had a few 68-72 Telecasters that were originally Bigsby equipped guitars, and then converted to standard ashtray bridges. Some had flush ferrules, some had ferrules that were proud, depending on who did the work. Just one more thing to consider.
 




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