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Who makes the best/most authentic Nocaster/Blackguard finish?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Heavy Formvar, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Heavy Formvar

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    As I‘m building somewhat of a Nocaster/Blackguard era Esquire partscaster and have a tele body with a rather mediocre finish, I‘m looking for a luthier who does authentic looking nitro butterscotch finishes/refinishes, preferably one who also works on original blackguards...that’s why I‘m posting this in the vintage area of the forum...
    The only company/luthier that came to mind so far are MJT...

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, David
     
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    Among paint shops I've worked with, two stand out:
    • Gord Miller -- great at creating a credibly aged finish.
    • Paul McKenzie (Fiesta Finishes) -- "The Man" for restoring a Fender to its original finish. (It is lovely to see how his finishes age over time.)
    Both of these gentlemen have spent many years working on original pieces and will "do no harm" to your vintage guitar.

    For non-vintage instruments, or when turnaround is a factor, RS Guitarworks has proved to be a solid shop.
     
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  6. Heavy Formvar

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    Thanks for the input...I forgot to mention I live in Germany so it would be a little expensive to ship the guitar overseas just for a refin...Clive Brown seems like a good address for a vintage correct refin though.
     
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    but Florian would be my first choice.
     
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    Might I ask why, if you're building your own guitar, you would want to contract out the finish? Since it's a partscaster at the end of the day, you may end up paying much more for a pro finish than the guitar will ever be worth... FWIW, I did my own nitro finish following traditional methods that Fender used in the 50's, and did so with rattle can for about 30 bucks total and am quite pleased with the results. Is it perfect? No. But, then again Fender's finishes weren't exactly perfect back then anyway so I'm ok with the imperfections ;)
     
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    I don't like Paul's work at all. Doesn't look convincing at all to me
     
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