Poll: why nitro finish?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by diogoguitar, Sep 2, 2020.

why do you like nitro finish?

  1. Feel

    41 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. I didn't pick the guitar for the nitro finish. I picked the guitar for other reasons.

    62 vote(s)
    27.6%
  3. Worn look after many hours playing it

    49 vote(s)
    21.8%
  4. Resonance

    12 vote(s)
    5.3%
  5. I prefer poly

    41 vote(s)
    18.2%
  6. Historically accurate

    20 vote(s)
    8.9%
  1. stratmatt777

    stratmatt777 Strat-O-Master

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    I like Nitro because there was this video game I would play at the ice cream parlor or video game arcade at the mall in 1989 where you'd drive these trucks around a track and when you hit a "NITRO" you'd get a nitrous oxide boost and get TONS of air off the next jump.

    FUN FACTS:
    #1 All my guitars are Poly
    #2 I think that the Dodge Nitro was meant to be a replica of the SUV trucks in the video game.

    Your level of awareness has, possibly?, just been expanded.
    You're welcome.

    I wanted a Nitro-looking finish on one of my guitars so I started riding the guitar SRV-style.
    That did the trick!
     
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  2. stratmatt777

    stratmatt777 Strat-O-Master

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    Also listen to all of Lincoln's playing on Steve Perry's 1994 album "For the Love of Strange Medicine". All of my favorite players were demoted one position after I heard Lincoln's solos on that album!
     
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  3. ryunker

    ryunker Senior Stratmaster

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    I have more poly stuff than nitro, when I did my strat I did it in nitro because it was much easier to get a great finish at home in the driveway. When I pick up any of my Guitars, the very last thing in mind is what chemistry is the finish.
     
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  4. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Senior Stratmaster

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    I use pure grain alcohol. Shellac is very commonly used in many food grade applications.
     
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  5. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Senior Stratmaster

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    Taken a pill lately? Eaten an apple? Had some chocolate? Shellac is used a lot in food. You eat a lot more insect parts than you think.
    I've been playing for nearly 50 yrs...never spilled anything on my instruments. Spilling liquor is alcohol abuse in my book.:cool:
    If I needed to protect a shellac finish, I'd add a final coat of wipe-on poly. I did that on my DIY Esquire, just to experiment. Worked fine.
     
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  6. Neophyte16

    Neophyte16 Strat-Talker

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    I guess it's because nitro is what they used back in the day. I have no problem with polyurethane but i dont like polyester because it's too thick.
     
  7. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    This is probably as good a reason for nitro love as I have ever heard.
     
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  8. fos1

    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I'm with an earlier poster that mentioned a natural, oil stained finish. I much prefer a satin / natural finish on the neck and NOT the pretty, shiny, glossy finish. Not only do I think they look better, they play better. My hands sweat a lot. After a few minutes in warm, moist atmospheres, my thumb skitters all over the neck making it hard to play accurately.
     
  9. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    One would have to give up a lot of the best things in life if they decided to avoid eating shellac. In the food industry it’s called confectioners glaze and as you’ve mentioned it’s shellac made with grain alcohol. Nothing wrong with it at all. Any candy that’s worth having uses it to get a nice sheen and to prevent the sugar coatings from sticking together. Oddly, M&M’s don’t use it but I’m partial to Smarties anyway.
     
  10. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I love nitro because it instantly looks like trash
     
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    Gorgeous George Strat-Talk Member

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    You're bad at guessing, then—I'll be here all week. And I am European, by the way.
     
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    Norrin Radd Strat-Talker

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    No option for how it smells?
     
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    freddy Strat-Talk Member

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    for me the most important is the sound and the feel of the guitar rather then its finish .
    i have two guitars both of them are poly finish one is from 2007 white and its actually ageing very nicely but not like nitro on the other hand the sound and feel is amazing .
     
  14. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    No. I’m not bad at guessing.
     
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    49 years old. Nitro.

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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    For some reason, Gibson finishes hold up better. And that guitar has been heavily played. Look at the pickup covers! :)
     
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  18. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm sure others have pointed this out but I like nitro because of its tactile and aesthetic qualities rather than anything sonic, the guitar feels warmer to the touch which makes it feel organic. I don't believe it makes any difference to the sound but I definitely feel like a nitro finish is more alive. It's absolute woo of course it's no better than a well-done poly. I think it makes more of a difference on acoustic guitars where it contributes to that sense of it being organic, almost an extension of you. My old worn and cracked J45 might be the most beloved possession I own, it feels like sitting in an old leather chair. My rational brain says it doesn't matter but I just feel like it does.
     
  19. HJB1432

    HJB1432 Strat-Talker

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    I only prefer Nitro finished... Poly guitar finish gives a guitar a “Toys-R-us” look imo and I’m convinced that Nitro finished guitars look richer, resonate better and feel better...
     
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  20. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    How is nitro plastic?