Latest plague in rock music : guitar finish

DrASATele

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I'm surprised this lasted 4 pages without getting the wrap.
Clearly a topic for acoustic builders where the finish does kind of impact things.
Finish / tone / wood breathing :cry:
next it will be unfinished fret boards o_O
and tones woods :twisted::lol: for electrics!
 

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Apparently he didn't even sand it, he polished it :twisted:

I used an "abrasive" compound with a polishing pad and a porter cable polisher. It's the same as removing a layer of wax on a car. I can now practice more nuances with the guitar now that the deep tone of the wood found its way out of the finish jail.
 

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I'm surprised this lasted 4 pages without getting the wrap.
Clearly a topic for acoustic builders where the finish does kind of impact things.
Finish / tone / wood breathing :cry:
next it will be unfinished fret boards o_O
and tones woods :twisted::lol: for electrics!
The back and sides, and possibly the top, will be plywood on these cheap guitars.
I can't imagine the finish affecting multiple layers of wood and glue much if at all.
 

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The obvious conclusion, then, is all guitars should be completely unfinished, since even a few microns of finish has an apparently negative effect. I should start a guitar company with the claim "Finish: the tone killer. " "Let your guitar breath free, the way nature intended," or some such nonsense. I could charge more for the opportunity to buy a guitar without tone robbing chemicals applied.

People believe weird stuff

My favorite acoustic, the most lively and resonant and balanced guitar I've ever played, is a Gitane Selmer-style made in china. It has plywood backs and sides--Selmer/Macaferri guitars had plywood backs and sides by designs--and a thick poly finish. It sounds great. I don't like the look of the finish, but it seems to have no effect at all on the sound.

I guess I should sand a few microns off, and await the tonal miracle
 
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I could not care less about derision when it's documented that finish affects tone. Many artists - probably too many to mention - agree. And my own personal experience from last days also confirms. Only thing now standing between you and fame is your doubts. :D
 

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I could not care less about derision when it's documented that finish affects tone. Many artists - probably too many to mention - agree. And my own personal experience from last days also confirms. Only thing now standing between you and fame is your doubts. :D

Dude just strip all the finish off! Since it "documented" that finish affects tone why have any finish at all? We've been tricked, all these years, by people applying tone-robbing finish to their guitars.

We look forward to your first album
 
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Good news, no "rock" music has ever been made on an acoustic guitar. There are a handful of rock-'n'-roll performances that included acoustic guitar, but luckily 0 "rock" ones.

So whatever kinds of music this "plague" is affecting, I can assure you that rock isn't one of them.

As a separate issue, remember that you're not required to buy any guitar that sounds bad.

And as a corollary to that non-requirement, remember that you're free to do whatever you want to things you own. Sand the finish off, paint designs on them, glue mirrors to them, cut off a chunk of wood for upper-fret access since you're a lefty and the guitar isn't, set fire to it on stage, smash it into your amps/the drum kit, literally anything. There's a lot of precedent.

I always thought Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You " was a rock song. Shows what I know.
Also The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" was recorded with all acoustic guitars.
Maybe they sanded the finish off?
 




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