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  1. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    17 September 2017 - 10:45 AM

    View Postdhanners623, on 16 September 2017 - 02:03 AM, said:

    I'd echo what the others said. It's a Gibson. The time to worry is when you don't have finish cracks....

    Seriously, any type of touch-up is probably going to be more trouble (and expense) than it is worth. Finish cracks generally occur when you take the guitar from a cold environment to a warmer one without letting it warm up gradually. You can take precautions to minimize it but, again, it's a Gibson so finish checking just kind of comes with the turf. Once you start "fixing" finish cracks, it becomes a Sisyphusian task because there'll always be another crack.

    Some background: https://acousticguit...inish-checking/

    Here is Frank Ford's tutorial on how lacquer checks are filled in: http://frets.com/Fre.../checkfill.html

    Notice Ford says that, "After a month's drying time...." which is another way of saying that if you really want the check repaired, your guitar will be in the shop for awhile. The stuff takes forever to cure, and no competent luthier is going to let it out of the shop before it is fully dry.

    I know the first finish crack on a pristine guitar takes awhile to get used to, just like the first dent or scratch. But tools get dented and scratched and, at the end of the day, guitars are tools. Beautiful tools, mind you, but still tools.


    Nothing but praise and thanks for your thoughtful response!!!
  2. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    17 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

    View Postfortyearspickn, on 16 September 2017 - 06:02 AM, said:

    Curious if this is the first issue that's come up with this guitar? Have you had it 14 years, or did you get it from the original owner? Irregularities are much more visible on darker finishes. Sort of like having a black car. Hand was only! Even using a regular bath towel to dry it is frowned upon by 'purists'. Of course, the dealer will not tell you this - they don't want you to buy the car, not scare you.
    "Drive it like it's stolen!"


    Thanks for the question and the help.

    This is the only issue with the guitar - nothing structural, or even any other finish "anomalies" (though even that is probably the wrong word given all the comments on how this is somewhat "normal"). I purchased this guitar about 3 years ago, so just after it's 10th or 11th bday. It's the J45 Custom Rosewood as noted in my sig. The mark was smaller when I got it - has spread a bit. I keep one of the Boveda/D'Addario humidity packs in the case with it at all times when not gigging/in-use. Is that a good idea? Have heard mixed things.
  3. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    17 September 2017 - 10:04 AM

    View Postsbpark, on 17 September 2017 - 01:26 AM, said:

    The Gibson brand guitar cleaner/polish is awesome for getting that arm haze off. I don't clean or wipe down my guitars regularly. I just hit them with the Gibson polish maybe a couple times a year and it gets rid of that haze in no time. For scratches I've had great results with Scratch X. I've used it a couple times when I was selling a guitar that had some light surface scratches and it worked amazingly well, resulting in a mirror finish.

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    Thanks for the recommendations! Hitting the shop today (and, if that fails, Amazon).

    Cheers, friends, appreciate the kind words and advice. - B
  4. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    17 September 2017 - 10:02 AM

    View Postsbpark, on 16 September 2017 - 01:10 AM, said:

    Pics are really small, but from what I can see it's nothing I'd even lose sleep over, let alone take to a shop to have fixed.


    Thanks much!
  5. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    17 September 2017 - 10:02 AM

    View PostQuestionMark, on 15 September 2017 - 09:23 PM, said:

    Looks like meaningless finish checking to me that occurs with nitro finish guitars. On my Gibsons such finish checking comes and goes depending on the environment. At worst, it's a minor scratch, but to me it looks like finish checking from the photo. Try some polish on it. It may disappear and then reappear depending on the weather, humidity, etc. Either way looks like nothing to worry about.

    Just my two cents.

    QM aka Jazzman Jeff


    Thank you so much for taking a moment to look, and helping to educate me. I'd always baby'd it, so was worried when this appeared. That said, I'm not trying to sell it, just play it 'til I'm gone!

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