VINTAGE FENDER NITRO LACQUER HELP???

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  1. muddog

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    Did Fender use a sanding sealer on there solid color alder bodies?
    exmp. so say a 1970 p bass in custom black. was the nitrocellulose lacquer painted right over the alder wood? or was it sealed first?
  2. Dubista

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    Fender stopped using "nitro" to finish bodies in about 1968.
  3. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    A 1970 Fender had a ton of poly on it.
  4. Dave Hill

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    I think the top coat on the body and face of the headstock was still nitro in '70. Sealer was poly.(?)
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  6. Bassmunnky

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    Sealer was Poly...Nitro On Top...after Nitro..More Poly
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    So, no point in the nitro, then! :rollno: Just marketing mumbo-jumbo.
  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    They started fullerplasting the bodies (sealing with poly) in like 59 or 60 I believe.
  9. Bassmunnky

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    +1

    I've never heard wood breathe ;)

    Before "FullerPlast" it was some other version of poly.

    I know that with acoustic instruments..putting ANYTHING on the wood is going to have an effect on tone.

    But my J & Ps aren't acoustics...
  10. daahoud

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    so what's sealer color ? just clear ?
  11. miles'tone

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    I did away with both on my P-bass and just oiled the bare wood. Sounds louder and more growly playing it unplugged practicing at home. Makes no difference whatsoever amplified. Especially at a gig.
  12. Bassmunnky

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    There is information "out there" about the colors...at one time it was white-ish...making the early sunburst color 'brighter'

    Here's a GREAT link...

    http://home.provide.net/~cfh/fenderc.html

    It's explained mid article

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