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Introduction of Common Paints---Deep Talking on Fender Guitar Print
The form of a guitar directly reflects the personality of the player who owns this guitar. Some people say that you are very cool, some people say you are very sexy, or some say you are shining or lazy. All of this can be seen on the musical instrument of your hands. That is to say, the form of guitar represents who you are and what you do.
As for the color of guitar, we know the color of paint is a kind of element of your musical instrument and your music. It can not only protect your musical instrument, but also show your personality. Just as you clean musical instrument, neck, bridge and string winding machine, it is a part of guitar. It gives color and life of musical instrument, and gives guitar note and sense of hand.
From the old times until now, many scientists are devoted on research of paint technique of musical instrument, including all kinds of combination of many materials. Paint is applied on woods, and we all know wood is a movable and changeable material, so it can change with climate. But paint is like clothes of the wood.
Fender uses many kinds of paint material, from the Nitrocellulose lacquer (this is what best guitar players love) of the early 1950s and 1960s to Polyester paint at now. Technically speaking, the paint of guitar is not that simple thing.
Nitrocellulose lacquer was largely used by Fender in 1950s and 1960s, although Acrylic acid paint was often used at that time. Nitrocellulose lacquer was invented by Dupont Chemical Company in 1921 and used in car industry. Nitrocellulose lacquer was the first paint for spray. So it was fast used in furniture and musical instrument after it is invented.
Though its chemical nature is not so steady, the paint of Nitrocellulose lacquer is very hard. It is very dry and used on the surface of wood and take beautiful color. It is easy to handle and make it excellent for guitar resonance. (Many guitar lovers think the sound of Nitrocellulose lacquer is better.) At the beginning, when Fender needs special color, they may use general car suppliers of Dopont company, and among them Duco represents Nitrocellulose lacquer and Lucite is Acrylic paint.
However, lacquer began to crack and turn yellow in a short time and have tiny flaws under the action of cold and hot alternately. Thouth the paint is tinner but more vulnerable, for they are in fact not stable, that is to say this kind of paint is not dry strictly speaking. However, these nature of guitar are especially easy to crack and yellowing which make these beloved lacquer guitar.
Fender is now still using Nitrocellulose lacquer, so you can feel the charm of Nitrocellulose lacquer of Road Worn series and American Vintage series and some signatures of artists by Fender. What is more, there are some other products which use Matt lacquer such as Highway One series and Jim Root Stratocaster etc.