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Modern Nitro wear and tear

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by tibble96, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. tibble96

    tibble96 NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi all,

    hope we’re good! I currently have an American Original 60s tele which comes with what Fender deem as nitro. I know this is not the same as yesteryears, but believe it should still show some signs of age over the years. I’m hoping to start this thread also with the intention of seeing modern nitro finishes over the past few decades wearing through, mainly ones with the poly undercoat out of interest!

    Also, with that said (and before the ‘just play the damn thing’s roll in!) how would I go about letting this age to show the wear? For example there’s a little bit of ‘funk’ build up shall we say where my arm rests on the body and in the neck. Is this just another layer that I’m adding that will prevent me wearing through the finish over the years? Or should I just leave it and play it and it will help wear through the finish as time goes on?

    thanks guys, hope to see some pics come through!
     
  2. EsquireBoy

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    Depends if you’ve got an acidic sweat, in which case it will eat through the finish quicker if you do not wipe it out after you play.
     
  3. EsquireBoy

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  4. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    There are innumerable factors, but yes, your guitar would "age" roughly as an old one would, in your hands, living the same life that you give both of them. A '50s Fender that has been treated with kid gloves looks pretty darned new. A new Fender that is not treated with a lot of care, that is played very often, that is played by someone with harsh body chemistry, that sits out of its case often, etc., can look quite beat up quite quickly.

    The guitar in my avatar is my late '02 Custom Shop N.O.S. made to order Esquire. I purchased it brand new in '03, and it has been my main guitar ever since (though I haven't much gigged with it since 2013). It has worn in its own way, reflective of the life it has lived. My body chemistry is very mild, I take decent care of my instruments, but don't handle them with kid gloves, and I don't practice a whole ton, though I do tend to "beat" on the guitar a bit, as a hard rhythm player. The guitar's wear is almost entirely little dings, of which there are many. No checking, and very little general finish abrasion ("rub through").

    As new:

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    After several years of gigging:

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    After a recent restoration to original guard and screws:

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  5. Minivan Megafun

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    Cool, I'll play.

    I've got a 2008 Wildwood "Thin Skin" 52 reissue Tele. After all the things I've read about thin skin finishes I wonder if mine is a dud. I'm the second owner and had it since 2012. When I bought it the guitar was pristine. I've been beating on it for over 8 years and the only visible wear on the body are a few small impact chips. No checking, no wear through, no flaking.
    The neck has no finger wear whatsoever. I even used an abrasive sponge on the back of the neck to take the gloss off because the nitro was still sticky (even after 4 years). The only play wear on the neck is the edges around the upper fretboard due to my pick striking it. It actually looks like the frets themselves are wearing harder than the finish.

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