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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Digiplay, May 22, 2020.
47 years old
Glad to see that. My thinline’s neck was dang near white. Really bugged me. It’s my porch guitar so it gets a lot of sun. I feel that it’s darkened a bit. My wife disagrees. Next string change I’ll loosen the neck and have a look.
But the way I figure it is that wood never saw sunlight before it landed at my place. No sun in the mill. None in the factory. Then boxed up. Stored.
Anyway thanks for sharing
My '80 Artist has a thick poly finish. It won't age, but it will crack, as you can see by the top under the controls.
83 Artist AM205
What I like about thick poly is that over the last 35 years I've been able to wet sand and polish out every ding she ever got.
As promised - '68 Tele. No nicks or chips, just a bump or two. A little buckle rash on the back, pick guard shrinkage. The shot of the guard with the bridge has a plastic washer to keep the corner from flopping. The blonde doesn't show as 'trans' as real life, nor does the yellowing.
my '73 Thinline has a little more character. Minor bumps.
I've posted this one before on a similar thread. It belongs to a lifelong friend who bought it new and toured extensively with it for 30-ish years.
Fender stopped using nitro in the late 60's (67/68).
We've all heard the stories about how once Jimi hit the "big time" (1968), he would go to Manny's and other big stores and buy new guitars by the dozens, and any new Strats from 68 on would have a poly finish.
I'm sure Jimi owned older guitars as well, and most likely they weren't all Fenders, and surely some had a nitro finish, but his most well known Strats are the two 1968 maple fretboard guitars (the white one he played at Woodstock on August 16, 1969, and the black one that was believed to have been his favorite guitar, and which was the last one he ever played, on the day he died), and both had the stock Fender poly finish.
I always wondered if my 73 bass was poly or not. I guess the finish looks like the 60s teles that in my mind we’re not poly. I accept your statement that they did switch in 67/68.
The 73 surely has worn very differently from my 78. (See Pic above)
Your guitar in the picture looks to me like a nitro finish over a poly undercoat. Look at the checking of the finish. I've never seen poly do that. Look at the bare wood where the chip is. That looks like poly and I think that's the reason why that is the only place where it is worn down to the wood. If the undercoat was nitro it would have worn down to bare wood by now.
I could be wrong.. it happened once before.
the checking always made me think “not poly”,
Thanks for the thinking, answers on older guitars aren’t always easy to come by. Working theories are fine with me.
I can't tell from the picture what brand/model the bass guitar is.
Also, are you the original owner of the bass guitar?
My 1989 Yamaha RGX Custom guitar with some small paint chips around the edges.
My old 1986-ish MIK Squier Strat - Olympic White poly which aged very nicely, you can see the tan line where the replacement scratchplate doesn’t line up with the original.
(First photo is partway through the refit, hence the masking tape!)
A friend had one of those amazing guitars
Definitely poly and a beautiful example if I may say so
It seems sometimes it’s thinner than would be expected
Early to mid 80s Tokai.
If you’ve ever popped the neck do you know what month it says?
It's been about 10 years and I should have taken pics then, but I think it was early, like March or April.
This might be a can of worms but I thought I read somewhere that some of the colors remained nitro into the poly era such as walnut/mocha