Solid Color Or Tranparent Finishes On Your Guitar?

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  1. jwguitar

    jwguitar Well-Known Member

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    What is your preference solid colors or transparent finishes. I prefer solid in General. Its been a while since I have owned a transparent finish with a flame or quilted top.










     
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    It really depends on the guitar.

    Telecasters and Strats: love solid colors...but Swing does a great Strat with a flame Maple top that might convince me otherwise

    335 Types: Here is where Flame and Transparency really shine IMHO

    LP: not a big LP fan to start but I might be convinced with a natural plain top with lots of flame
     
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    Solid colors or clear coat
     

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    I prefer clear coat in most case's but it depends on the finish really like a goldtop you want solid but a clear coat for back and sides would be ok either way.
     
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    Both :). Clear/natural finish too!
     
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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the woods. Nice grain makes a nice translucent or clear finish. Odd grain or excessive pieces make for paint.
     
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    Variety is the spice of life, so I have some of e'rything. But a nice visible grain is hard to beat!

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    Very true. I have a few guitars that are not solid color but they are translucent over solid grained pieces of wood. One of my favorite guitars I own is an Aria Pro II that has a clear white finish on it. But while beautiful (to my eye at least) it is a relatively understated finish which I kind of prefer to heavily figured wood:
     
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    I’m always a transparent finish guy. Some companies do woods like black limba under a solid finish...I can’t imagine wanting to hide this kinda grain under a solid color!

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    Great playing. I enjoyed those.

    That black tele.....whoa
     
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    Solid color or clear coat over natural.
     
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    Thanks! That is a PureSalem guitar which is made in the same factory as Reverend and Fret-King. They are really fabulous guitars that deserve much more attention from serious guitar players.
     
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    I just like to pick up guitars cheap, so rarely does finish make a difference to me (although a really good quilt/flame top on a guitar already priced fairly may factor in a decision).
     
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    I think letting the natural beautify of wood to show through is the best. Transparent finishes are for me.
     
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    For me it totally depends on the guitar. I really dig solid colors on some things, and transparent on others. I'm a big fan of natural clear finishes and wish there were more out there in the import market. Here's a few that just wouldn't work the other way around.

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    I tend to agree with @idiotsdelight . It depends on the wood I can't picture a natural alder tele or strat ash yes.If it has attractive grain transparent or natural for me. Both of my solid color guitars will go sometime I'm keeping the trans guitars, may keep the natural SX Taurus 11 beautiful 1 peice ash flamey maple neck and would be good for the free slide tvvoodoo sent.
     
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    I like clear gloss finishes painted or not. IMG_0100.JPG IMG_0094.JPG
     
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    I don't think I have a conscious preference.

    I have 24 guitars. 15 are translucent and 8 are opaque.
    (7) are traditional sunbursts
    (3) are red translucent
    (3) are natural
    (2) are tobacco bursts
    (8) are opaque: (3) black, (1) creme, (1) orange, (1) baby blue, (1) green & (1) yellow
     
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    i'm not too picky about it - just depends on the guitar

    i do love a solid color with a satin finish
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    but flame tops are cool
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    my #1 is actually a solid with poly (albeit a light poly finish)
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    then there's this weirdo - kind of a plain top burst with a flamey pickguard, satin finish
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