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Blistering finish in front of the bridge.


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A few years ago I noticed this damage to the finish on my '94 Harley Davidson LTD. (basically a modified J-185). The finish in front of the bridge blistered. Here is a photo. It looks worse in person.




I was wondering if anyone has any idea as to what might have caused it? I rarely play this one. It basically sits in my closet. My theory is that during a real humid summer (I live on the east coast) the top expanded and the small amount of finish that is under the bridge pulled out passed the front edge of the bridge and when it contracted again the finish caught the bridge and buckled.

Does this sound plausible?

I called Bozeman (this was when I first noticed it---about 5-6 years ago) and actually spoke with a guy who claimed he sprayed a bunch of Harley finishes. He didn't think my over-humidification theory was correct. He had no idea as to the cause. And, even though finishes are not warrented, he offered to refinish the top for me. Nice guy and nice offer, but I declined.


Any other ideas?

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There is no crack. It is the reflection. Good eye guitarstrummer. The joint is sound. No problems there. It is just the finish that lifted a bit. Here is an instrment for sale that has the same problem (a bit worse than mine). http://www.elderly.com/vintage/names/gibson-j-45-rosewood-%281999%29--20U-11274.htm

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