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hey guys. someone told me that fender has switched coating there necks from Polyurethane Finish to a Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish. i always thought poly stains were better because they may help with the protection of the guitar and give it some extra protection from the neck warping. is this true? or am i wrong? the reason im asking this is i got a squeir strat im looking to make a bit better. it has a Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish on the neck. im thinkin about sanding this off and putting a coat of polyurethane on it. good idea or no?

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hey guys. someone told me that fender has switched coating there necks from Polyurethane Finish to a Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish. i always thought poly stains were better because they may help with the protection of the guitar and give it some extra protection from the neck warping. is this true? or am i wrong? the reason im asking this is i got a squeir strat im looking to make a bit better. it has a Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish on the neck. im thinkin about sanding this off and putting a coat of polyurethane on it. good idea or no?

thanks guys

Time to start reading up...there's a whole finishing section of this forum, you'll find lots of info there. First off, you're talking about the lacquer, not the stain.

I find it hard to believe that Fender uses nitro on a Squier, unless it's a really old model?

At any rate, nitro has been used for 80 or 90 years or more, there are no issues with protection. Fender didn't switch TO nitro, it switched FROM nitro. The poly finishes are cheaper and faster to apply, they don't check, don't change color over time (I personally like the changes nitro makes).

But there's certainly no reason at all to strip the neck --doubtful you'll get a factory finish, and you won't improve the stability of the neck anyway. Just keep it away from heat and high humidity. Keep it in its case if you're really worried.

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ahh i see. im not sure whats on this neck then. it feels like there is nothing at all. ill do my research and figure out whats up. this was just were i started. thanks tho

what is a dangerus heat change? in my house when no1 is home my father keeps it at 59 degrees. when people are home he keeps it at 64. is that bad for the guitar neck. iv had an sg and a ibanez that seem to be fine iv never worried about it. sometimes if its to cold i throw a shirt over the neck or a sweatshirt.

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ahh i see. im not sure whats on this neck then. it feels like there is nothing at all. ill do my research and figure out whats up. this was just were i started. thanks tho

what is a dangerus heat change? in my house when no1 is home my father keeps it at 59 degrees. when people are home he keeps it at 64. is that bad for the guitar neck. iv had an sg and a ibanez that seem to be fine iv never worried about it. sometimes if its to cold i throw a shirt over the neck or a sweatshirt.

No, I mean more like don't leave your guitar in a hot car in the middle of the summer, or put it on top of the radiator, things like that.

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ok. i do keep my guitar about 3 or 4 feet infrount of the radiator but im not worried about that to much. the guitar is from 1995. the guy that sold it to me said it was nitro but im trying 2 contact the squier to find out for sure but im just going to leave it. no use on stripping it if its fine. thanks

It might be nitro then if it's that old. I'm not really into Squier trivia though.

Some people prefer the poly finishes because they're harder and stay shiny and new looking forever.

I prefer nitro because it continues to change over the life of the instrument, takes on 'character' (chips, dings, scratches, checking, etc.), and eventually even wears away. But there's still a thick sealer under there, so the wood remains protected. I also like the way nitro feels while I'm playing, the way it warms up to the touch.

In any event, if you like the feel of the neck, then there's no point in touching that part.

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