Why doesn’t Fender use nitro finish more?

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  1. Justin226

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    Is it more expensive than Poly? More labor involved?
     
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    They do. It depends on the model.
     
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    I think, more labor and drying time is part of @Justin226 -Buddy.

    Later I am doing a parts build with Highway 1 satin acrylic lacquer body which is interesting
     
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    I know they use it…just not on many models. Seems to be becoming a more sought after feature these days so it’s curious to not see it being used more.
     
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    This sounds awesome. I’m a fan of satin necks. The guitar I bought last week has a gloss neck and it’s taking a lot of getting used to.
     
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    How are these Noticed
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    It takes more drying/curing time (time is money), and there are more EPA regulations that have to be complied with when using nitro, so yeah, it's not as cost effective.
     
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    Of all the strats I’ve ever owned (many), I’ve never had one with a nitro finish. Easily ID’d by spec sheet.
     
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    imwo: Poly is fine for electrics. It is tough and shiny. Or satin.

    A quality acoustic? Thin nitro is warranted.
     
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    Yes. More expensive.
     
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    Was hoping for
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    On top of the reasons mentioned, it’s not as durable. The average guitar player who isn’t an enthusiast wants a hard, durable finish that will hold up for decades of play.

    it’s smart for them to save it for the models that guitar enthusiasts obsess over. It doesn’t make much of a difference to the average buyer.

    poly usually holds up unless it’s smashed. It doesn’t rub off as easily, guitar stands don’t hurt it.. and it’s not nearly as finicky.

    A nitro finish that wears is undeniably cool. But then again, I and most of us here, are more of a guitar nerd than the average person buying a Strat. I see why poly is the standard.
     
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    So what can we talk about on this site without being criticized? Now nitro is on that long growing list, wow.
     
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    What strings should I use?

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    Think of all the potential complaints from bonehead customers that don’t understand nitro. Fender would be hearing about the wear, demanding warranty work on the finish, etc. People would be calling it a cheap, non-durable finish.

    Not worth any potential benefit of putting it on standard lines.
     
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    Yea, I figured that the durability was the reason for the switch. Poly lasts foreverrrrr. Just seems to me that nitro is barely ever used.
     
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    Yep. I think Highway ones were one of the lowest recent models, Road Worns, and some limited runs of the classic 50s and 60s models.
     
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    I agree it shouldn’t be on standards. Should be an option on some more models though. For instance, they just introduced the “Player Plus”…perfect instance to introduce a feature like this!
     
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