Nitrocellulose or Polyurethane? Let's hear your preferences

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  1. AxemanVR

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    All joking aside...

    In truth, I actually never really think about it much, especially when I'm playing any particular guitar... all I care about is one thing: Does it sound good?

    Tone always trumps aesthetics in my world.

    Despite the fact that my #1 just so happens to have a nitro finish, if it had a poly finish and sounded as good I can assure that it'd still be my #1...

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    I blame the internet for all this, I kind of miss the old days where you went down the road to your tiny mom and pop music store and chose from whatever they had on the wall and were happy with it...
     
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    This is the golden rule in my world as well. Nothing will make me sell a guitar faster than a sound which does not inspire me. Feel, Looks, materials, nothing. I have had guitars in the past that I really wanted to love, tried changing pickups, hardware, whatever, but in the end they had to go, because the tone was not there for me.

    Conversely, if I have a guitar that I don't particularly like aesthetically, or has some kind of flaw, but has a sound that makes my hair stand on end, it will stay for a long time.
     
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    I bulid my own guitars and I like nitro. It's easier to fix when I make a mistake
     
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    Start up a "rosewood vs. maple" or "I don't like shred" thread and you'll get to see it again. ;)
     
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    I like a slick feeling guitar, no matter the finish. Nitro usually feels better to me, but all it takes is a worn out Scotchbrite pad to slick the back of a poly finished neck right up.
     
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    We've still got a current "rosewood vs maple" thread going on, but I haven't seen a good "shred thread" or "tube vs modeling amp" in a while.:sneaky:
     
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    Poly on Fenders and Nitro on Gibsons (Them poor Gibbys need all the help they can get!)
     
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    For me it depends, I'm really disliking nitro on fenders lately, they are great for natural relic'ing but they get too sticky and blurry, and are so delicate. I really want it on my gibsons tho. Same thing with glossy necks, I hate glossy fender necks, but I'm fine with Gibson ones.

    In my opinion the best fender finishes are the satin ones, I've got one satin hand stained and I love it so much. I hate satin finished Gibsons tho, funny thing
     
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    my guitars are gonna get trashed so i dont care whats on them.
     
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    I've 7½ guitars.
    All but two are nitro. They came that way. The half guitar is a build currently in progress; the neck arrived from Fender with a poly finish and I figured I would leave it like that. The body, I am doing in nitro, so I guess it'll be a hybrid.

    As for a preference? I select the instrument I want to play specifically for the way it sounds and the way it responds to me. Not for the finish on it.

    As for choosing nitro for the build...? It smells better...it's going to be a gift...eventually.

    And as we all know, because of the specific gravity of nitrocellulose lacquer, the ability of this medium to permit transmission of specific frequency's with little velicity modulation while restraining perception of the resonant characteristics of other frequency's is far superior to the resonant transmission characteristics of moderately viscous urethanes regardless of solute.



    o_O

    That should be "solvent" not solute. Silly of me. And...I have no idea what "velicity" is, that, as we all know, should be "fried chicken".

    Well, not really, but everything does taste like chicken. "velocity" was what my fat little fingers were trying to poke out on a microscopic android "keyboard".
     
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    Don't forget 'Do you like relics?'
     
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  20. lonegroover

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    Nitro vs Poly was a thing long before the Internet, but not so many people talked about it.

    I prefer nitro finishes and unlike some, I do accept the truth that they allow the wood underneath to resonate more freely, and hence allow a preferable tone. But Poly finishes can be quite nice these days. Some of the older ones give a "dipped in glass for all eternity" sort of look and feel, and I don't like that.