#1
well.. i like the look of a more vintage guitar and vintage guitars don't shine that much, so how can I make my les paul en stratocaster less shiny?

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#3
two ways - take a key and scratch it so its got scratches all over it and it isnt shniy anymore.
or take the paint off it and repaint it using a matt paint. And dont put a glass finish over the top. use a matt finish
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#4
They got like that from years of playing. You can either play the living hell outta it for the next few years, or try scuffing up the finish a little bit with some really fine sandpaper (1000 grit+)


Personally I wouldn't do anything to the finish but it's your guitar, not mine.
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#6
You can get "Matt" finishes applied - which I personally love. But they cost a few hundred pounds. Worth looking into if you really keen. But i had to skip that luxuary out when i got my new guitar
#7
The easiest and cheapest way apart from just playing it to wear it down is to get very fine steel wool and scuffy the top. It would look messy up close but from a couple of feet away it would take all the shine off.

Having the guitar refinished with a stain or matte finish would give the best results, but this can run you a couple of hundred if you want it done even vaguely well.
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#9
Don't use sand paper. I tried sanding down a poly-finished guitar neck once, it took about two hours to get down, it looked awful and very uneven, plus the noise that sandpaper on poly makes made my skin crawl.

Very fine steel wool does the same job but quicker, smoother, more consistantly and without the nasty noise.
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Steel wool gauge '0000' will work as Mr Flibble says! It is also great for buffing frets.
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two ways - take a key and scratch it so its got scratches all over it and it isnt shniy anymore.
or take the paint off it and repaint it using a matt paint. And dont put a glass finish over the top. use a matt finish

Don't most American Strats have a matte finish so that they wear easier or something? I've seen them and they're sweet.
#13
On Poly, a little steel wool (as mentioned) or fine grit sand paper will do the trick. Don't use much pressure, and don't just sand in one direction (you'll get distinct "lines" if you do). You might want to take the hardware off to avoid that ring of shiny finish that you can't get to right around the hardware. It won't take much work - you're not sanding through the finish, just scuffing up the clear coat to dull the finish a little (if I understand what you're wanting to do). I have a beater Squier that I use as a backup for gigs - here is my sandpaper job and light relic:

#14
Every heard of baconing it?

The bacon fat is perfect. Cook some bacon, but don't cook it all the way, only untill its half cooked. Use the its fat and gently rub into the guitars body. It removes a bit of the poly coating on the guitars body to make it darker and less shiny.

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I doubt he'll be getting the chicks if he reeks of bacon grease while rock n rolling all night and partying every day
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