It's the thick vs thin finish issue.
Thick finish is used because it's easier to buff without burning through the coat right? So you don't need someone with a ton of experience or super precision automated sanders.
I have a nitro finished CS Strat that doesn't feel very lively strummed acoustically but sounds great plugged in.
By flagship do you mean entry level?I picked up a Fender Player Series Telecaster hoping it would rival my very modest partscaster Telecaster I built over the 2020 lockdown. This flagship Fender guitar should destroy my homemade creation but it sadly it does not.
Anyone with actual knowledge on this particular guitar manufacturing process?
PSA to all you instant internet experts- what an electric guitar sounds like unplugged means nothing! I've had guitars that were very resonant unplugged and sounded like s**t plugged in, and guitars that were as dead as a doornail unplugged and sounded glorious amplified. Caring about what an electric guitar sounds like without an amp is illogical, to put it in the mildest of terms, and just plain dumb in the harshest of terms. That's like saying "I don't like the way my car steers sitting in my driveway/garage with the engine off"
Y'all know that telling us how you like the feeling of the guitar vibrating, tells us you're playing quietly so your wife or mom doesn't yell at you to turn that s#!t down, right?
Play with some damn volume and you'll feel the speakers vibrating your ribs fer gods sake!
Remember: ELECTRIC guitar, not an acoustic.
I should be able to string it up in the white and take both some sound clips and some frequency spectrums (I have software that lets me do this). Once its finished I'll duplicate that. I've been doing a build thread on that guitar and have been posting frequency spectrums as I go along, I'll post the before and after finish ones.
I love these discussions and the zealots they bring out. If it's not the finish, it's the type of glue or the type of binding or some other insignificant factor that supposedly has a huge affect on tone.
I think it on these very forums that @Ronkirn said( and I'm paraphrasing)
With regard to tone, if it were measured in a year, the amp would get you to march, the pickups to July, your technique to 31st December at 6pm and the finish, glue, wood and everything else will get you to midnight.
I have found that to be very true.
Just like this video about differences in tone from various woods, I actually laughed at how little difference there is. Perhaps I'm deaf to it but with the eyes closed, it all sounds 99% the same to me. And this is with no drums, bass, crowd in an echoing venue.
Play what feels nice to play, doesn't put you into financial trouble and looks pretty!
That's probably mostly true but also some players want a more durable finish where we have the option of thin skin finishes too which wear and age faster.
With all the thin skin guitar shopping options though, how are players upset that there are also thicker finishes on the rest of the million guitars for sale?
If you want cheap guitars then you choose from those products.
Thin skin finishes are more labor intensive so more expensive and generally not Chinese cheap.
Lots of US made Fenders run well over $1000 for the basic models, then much higher for specialty thin skin models.
So maybe the complaint is about the cost of labor in the US?
Plenty of us are fine with non specialty finishes, which to keep costs down are the thicker catalyzed modern finishes.