Need some info about my new LS186

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Solomon1979
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Need some info about my new LS186

Post by Solomon1979 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:37 pm

I'm curious as to whether or not the entire guitar is finished in nitro or just the top? I was a member here is 2005 and it's been almost as long since I owned a Tokai. Thanks in advance.

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Post by ibicus » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:29 am

Welcome back ;-)
It's always the entire guitar finished in nitro as far as I know.If you go to youtube for videos where guitars are produced you can see how they are coating the guitar from all sides with the laquer.But I've been told it is not that pure nitro that develops those cracks after a while but a mixture of nitro with poly instead.Some guys here know a lot more about it though.

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Post by Paladin2019 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:54 am

I've been told before that poly is used as an undercoat, bypassing the first several applications of nitro which are absorbed straight into the wood. The rest of the finish is nitro all over.

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Post by Solomon1979 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:11 am

Thanks so much for the quick replies. This was what I needed to know.

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Post by ibicus » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:19 am

Paladin2019 wrote:I've been told before that poly is used as an undercoat, bypassing the first several applications of nitro which are absorbed straight into the wood. The rest of the finish is nitro all over.
But shouldn't it then get these cracks over the years ?

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Post by Paladin2019 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:42 pm

ibicus wrote:
But shouldn't it then get these cracks over the years ?
No, it's only pure nitro that develops the cracks (known as 'finish checking'). I've got a guitar with a nitro/poly finish that's now 15 years old and while the finish is pleasantly 'flawed' along the grain and flame figuring, it hasn't cracked.

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Post by ibicus » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:44 am

Same on my Grecos from 80/81...not one crack at all.

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