#1
I hear alot about Nitro finishes, and how there supposed to make guitars natural tone more pronounced, just wondering if anyone has some info.
#2
if that's the soft finish then i think it will help tone(is it nitro or poly that's soft?) anyways i think the soft one will sound better because it will resonate more
#3
For electric guitars I believe this to be bull. The major tone comes from the pickups, strings and the neck. Different woods give a different sustain, but the solid wood itself doesn't resonate that much (10th grade physics). So the finish should make close to no difference at all. With acoustics, everythings different, of course.
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#5
The finish certainly matters. Yes, nitro finish does resonate better. It won't make a huge difference, but to a certain degree, everything on a guitar changes the sound. Nitro won't change it as much as new pickups, but it would effect the sound more than, say, different machine heads(which do make a difference btw.)
#7
Its the finish on older guitars. Its not as thick and wears quickly. Many people, including me, beleave it helps tone. It lookes sexy after afew years of playing. Any guitar older the nabout 30 years probally has a nitro finish.
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#8
Yes it does! How you ask? The same way that a red car goes faster.
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#9
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i dont know personally, but eric johnson swears by nitro finishes


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he believes that the only way to get real tone from pedals is to use evercell batteries. that just shows you enough about eric
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#10
It's true. Nitro, compared to the poly sprayed on most guitars (Fender, Jackson, PRS, etc) builds up THICK and generally hardens into a thick plastic film. The catalyst mixed with the poly cures it like this, making it a hard, resistant and thick finish. Nitro doesnt build up half as fast as poly does. It also doesnt have a catalyst mixed in, so it's stricly air drying. There is pre-catalyzed lacquer which uses a mild catalyst to cure it, and there's also UV lacquer where you spray it, set it under a UV light and it cures the finish. Although in general, the chemicals in each paint is totally different, which I could go deep into but I don't feel like confusing you further.

Basically, nitro is a softer, thinner finish which allows the wood to vibrate more freely. Poly is a thick, hard, plastic finish which dampens the vibration of the wood, in short

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#11
I believe if you want a nice clean tone it allows the guitar to resonate and be acoustically more free.

I bagged the Highway 1 instruments by Fender, but I must admit, although they don't have the quality of the 100% American basses, the Nitro body is REAL nice.
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#12
the nitro finish allows the sounds to bounce off the wood easier since its thinner
the new finishs are thick and sink the sound in
basically it will make a VERY VERY small difference that only tone masters like johnson or gilmour would notice
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