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Guetta

 

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Varnish on bridge that cracks 

Hello everyone,
could help me find a simple solution to remove this little problem
of varnish cracks on the bridge.
the varnish cracks ?
it's just aesthetic... if you have any advices.

Thank you in advance



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 11:10:23
 
mt1007

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

Is this a Lester Devoe guitar? Same thing happens on my bridge, strings indent laquer finish on my Devoe but not as much as yours. I don't think there is much you can do. Suerte
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 17:50:56
 
Guetta

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to mt1007

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mt1007


Yes it's a Lester Devoe ! I thought to try to remove it and leave without the varnish but I do not know if it would be without risk.
Thank you for your reply mt1007
A saludo suerte para ti
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 18:02:36
 
mt1007

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

If it really bothers you, you can get the laquer removed from bridge and have the bridge done in French polish. French polish will not crack like that. Though I don't recommend doing this, the cracks, scratches, etc actually look cool and add character to your guitar. Plus removal and French polish would not be cheap, you'd have to send your instrument to a luthier, if you're near one you can drop off, it not you have to deal with shipping, etc... What year is your guitar? Maybe the pistolero went heavy on the finish on your guitar? Normally he applies very light finishes. Lester does not shoot laquer, he has a pistolero do it, just in case you did not know.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 18:18:34
 
Guetta

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to mt1007

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If it really bothers you, you can get the laquer removed from bridge and have the bridge done in French polish. French polish will not crack like that. Though I don't recommend doing this, the cracks, scratches, etc actually look cool and add character to your guitar. Plus removal and French polish would not be cheap, you'd have to send your instrument to a luthier, if you're near one you can drop off, it not you have to deal with shipping, etc... What year is your guitar? Maybe the pistolero went heavy on the finish on your guitar? Normally he applies very light finishes. Lester does not shoot laquer, he has a pistolero do it, just in case you did not know.



She is 2017 ! Thanks for your answer i will leave you like that as a reason ....
the problem appeared 3 months after the purchase ?
I think the varnish is not great on these guitars, it's personal but I find it too thick and prefer the French polish. The pistolero ????
Thanks you
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 18:35:17
 
mt1007

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

Cool, I have one from 2017 too. Was actually finished in December 2017. The finish on mine is super thin but I asked for it to be thin. I like laquer for it's durability, especially from sweat etc... I gig a lot although I have not taken this one to my tablao gigs much. If the finish is really bothering you, I would just get the whole thing redone in French polish. Luthier Eric Reid can do this for you, Lester uses him when a client wants his guitar done in French polish. His shop only does french polishes. I hear he is a very good luthier, restorer of guitars. Here is a link to his shop: http://ericreidguitars.yolasite.com/

Pistolero means laquer shooter in this instance. Check out my guitar below, if you download pic you can enlarge and check bridge area, looks pretty clean.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2019 19:28:11
 
Guetta

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to mt1007

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mt1007


mt1007 thanks for your advice but i will leave guitar as it is!
I did not succeed to open the photo that you join ...
thank you
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2019 8:38:39
 
Echi

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

In the past I fixed the same issue by filling the scratches with few drops of super glue. Sand it or scrape it down and pass some polish. Good results.

Alternatively you can scrape away the whole varnish from the bone cap with a small rigid scraper or with a razor blade, then fill the scratches and have some though varnish (or super glue used as varnish) applied again.
Just my 2 cents. Nice guitar btw.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2019 9:58:15
 
Ruphus

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

Mine took some smoothing of the bones, as too sharp edges were cutting strings.

But I am having no such wear on the bridge.
Maybe reconsidering the stringing method could be of help.

Also: If using Augustine blue, restringing will be much less in order.
They not only won´t wear down soon, but are the most crisp ones anyway.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2019 12:17:13
 
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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Guetta

Put strings on it. Then you won't see them much.

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to constructordeguitarras

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Put strings on it. Then you won't see them much.




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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 10 2019 4:48:22
 
Guetta

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Echi

quote:


In the past I fixed the same issue by filling the scratches with few drops of super glue. Sand it or scrape it down and pass some polish. Good results.

Alternatively you can scrape away the whole varnish from the bone cap with a small rigid scraper or with a razor blade, then fill the scratches and have some though varnish (or super glue used as varnish) applied again.
Just my 2 cents. Nice guitar btw.


Thanks You Echi !
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 10 2019 16:51:39
 
Guetta

 

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RE: Varnish on bridge that cracks (in reply to Ruphus

quote:

Mine took some smoothing of the bones, as too sharp edges were cutting strings.

But I am having no such wear on the bridge.
Maybe reconsidering the stringing method could be of help.

Also: If using Augustine blue, restringing will be much less in order.
They not only won´t wear down soon, but are the most crisp ones anyway.


Thanks you Ruphus !
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