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I seem to recall reading that an explanation for the cracking in the finish of the ES guitars, I have an ES 335 TDC, is the daily change in temperature over the years. The one I have is a '67 model and I'd like to know if there is a way to prevent that from happening. So far it looks great. Is there something that can be done to stop the cracking or at least limit it? Maybe apply a wax or . . .?

Thanks for any insight. It's a terrific guitar.

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There are many thought and ideas about this.......I trust you'll get lots of advice............


I'll start by saying that nitro finishes, although stable, are rather unpredictable in how they'll age, guitar by guitar...........

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Hi and welcome....


There are no sure fire ways of avoiding checking on nitro finishes


Main causes are fast temp fluctuations and high humidity (sometimes low humidity too)


One philosophy is 'get on and play' and take whatever comes naturally


The other is to store the guitar in a controlled environment around 20deg C and R/H around 50%.....





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