Hi i have googled like crazy and would like to hear your experiences: I own (but am selling) a Fender 62 US vintage resissue jazz bass which has a Nitro cell finish. It looks nice but my picking forearm is getting rash/hives from sweaty skin contact during rehersal and gigs. Quite uncomfortable, and as a multiallergic person i do what i can to avoid stuff that gives me allergic reactions. Thing is, i have always loved to own and play a gibson thunderbird, and i have a good deal on one. But as i can tell it is (like all other gibson products of today) nitro finished. Is the nitro on the fender a completely different animal (i should give the gibson a shot and see what happens, hopefully i wont get an allergic reaction) or is it the same thing (i need to get a epiphone or high end custom thunderbird in another finish). Hope you can help me... i know that inability to play a specific bass guitar when i have several i play and love is a clear "first world problem" but it annoys me a lot that im unsure of whether or not the fender and gibson finishes are comparable.