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Fender CS 55 Strat Fiesta Red NOS - Nitro finish

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by milcs, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. milcs

    milcs Strat-Talker

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    Hello everyone,

    I am about to buy this Fender Strat 55 NOS. It is a light ash body (guitar weights 3.4 kg), with a nitro finish, "AAA" birds-eye maple neck, hand-wound fat 50s.

    Here are some photos of the guitar:

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    I have one question about the body finish though... In the pictures in which the light is reflecting in the finish of the body, it seems that the body is full of imperfections of the coating. Like its lots of traces of paintbrush, or imperfections of the coating and/or wood. Not sure how to explain it... In the 1st photo, for example, if you focus on the light reflecting just behind the bridge, you hopefully can see what I mean.

    Is this normal? In a custom shop NOS finish?

    Cheers
     
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue I don't seem able to get it straight in my mind... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The first pic isn't high resolution so it's probably the bad quality of the picture upon zooming in that's fooling you. If you zoom in on the other pictures you can see it's a perfectly fine finish.
     
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    Looks OK to me .
     
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    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    To me, it looks like the body didn't get a "filler" primer applied.

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    Good eyes , but is that not part of the joy owning a nitro finish ?. Its going to sink and wear away any way over time , how old is the guitar in question ?
     
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  6. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue I don't seem able to get it straight in my mind... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thats what fender calls Thin Skin finish. Gibson has the same with their VOS finishes.
     
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    Beautiful looking guitar, in my opinion. I've wanted a guitar in that finish for a while. Hank Marvin, of course, and there's also a great picture of PeeWee Crayton holding a red strat with a gold anodized guard that has helped to fuelmy gear lust... congrats!
     
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  8. milcs

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    Yeah... that is exactly my feeling! Even if indeed its a thin lacquer, I would expect the coating to not have any of those marks!
    I mean... I looked around to see if I could see any like that... but besides aged finishes, I can't really find it in NOS guitars.
     
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    Brand new! Just out of the factory!
     
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    I agree... it's amazingly beautiful. It is the guitar I always wanted to have (it's actually a custom job). Well... There are lots of guitar that I always wanted to have! This is one of those!!! :D

    Nevertheless, those markings on the finish leave me a bit worried! Likely for nothing.....
     
  11. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This finish type is not uncommon on guitars. PRS, Gibson, Fender .......... all have made em like this at one time or another.

    "They sound better without a heavy finish coat" :whistling:
     
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    If you're buying new can you just not return if not satisfied?
     
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    Stunning
     
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    This one has that "salmon pink" mythical thing going, at least for my uneducated eyes. I wouldn't mind some marks in the finish. The pickguard just looks too off-white or grey-ish to me, I think it would look cooler with a one-ply white one.
     
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    As others have said, the body has probably no or very little more filler on it. It should never ever be like that out of the factory.
    Having a very thin nitro finish doesn’t mean it has to be applied without a pore filler.
    Pre-CBS in the 50´s has extremely thin nitro finishes. But they did have primer and applied.
    By doing that, what Gibson and Fender do is just cutting corners to speed up the manufacturing process and overall costs. Now they may come up with fancy marketing names to make that hype, but at the end of the day, it’s just cutting corners...
    And BTW, FWIW, Fat 50’s are NOT hand wound pickups.
     
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    I just love it when Fiesta Red fades to Coral! That is one classy Strat!
     
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    Not really... As I custom ordered it!
     
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    Yeah... I have to say I agree! And it drives me nuts when they say it is supposed to look like this! It looks rugged and, to be honest, it's not what I was expecting!

    And... I specifically choose handwound fat 50s... I paid for that. So... they better be! :D
     
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    Funny enough, the first thing my wife told me is "Oh... it's horrible, it's pink!".
    I have to say, I hope it is a problem of the photos. I wanted Fiesta Red, because I wanted Fiesta Red. Not pink... Red!
     
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    To me it looks the way a swamp ash body should look- with the grain showing through... which begs the question, why use ash if it's going to be painted over???
    That's no insult to the guitar, it's beautiful, just a question of logic for the maker.
    Personally, I have no problems with the grain showing through. I rather like it. Looks like a refin.
     
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