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Unread 02-01-2003, 06:56 PM   #1
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Satin or Glossy finnish?

...I've been wondering what the difference was. I've read that the glossy finnish dulls the sound or something like that...is that true?? the main reason is b/c I became curious about after looking at guitar catalogues where they offer the same guitar in both satin and glossy/standard finnishes.

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Unread 02-01-2003, 07:20 PM   #2
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Well, I'm not sure who or what a gloss finnish is, but a high gloss laqeur finish is usually a thicker, less flexible coat... it is shinier than a satin finish, but the reason it's 'duller' is because the wood resonates.. and the more 'flopping' action it has, the better it generally sounds. In short, the gloss restrains the top from vibrating more than a satin finish. I like satin better anyway, but it's not *that* big of a deal.
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Unread 02-01-2003, 10:06 PM   #3
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That's basically a good summary above. Except that a gloss finnish is definitely a person hailing from Finland who has tipped a few too many finnish lagers...

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tnx guys for ur insightful replies....and now you also see why I'm not majoring in english... tnx for summing it up for me there, shredcheddar... and extra points for you for having an Appled-out avatar!
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Unread 02-01-2003, 11:46 PM   #5
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That's basically a good summary above. Except that a gloss finnish is definitely a person hailing from Finland who has tipped a few too many finnish lagers...

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haha.....you stole my joke man!
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Unread 02-02-2003, 12:23 AM   #6
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DOUBLE POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anyway, to add to Shred's response, gloss finishes are also much more durable than satin finishes. Just another thing to keep in mind.
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Unread 02-02-2003, 01:24 AM   #7
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yeah i think that's partly cause of the thikness of the coats. i prefer the satin but it's also much more apt to be damaged by small bumps and dings than a gloss finish is. so i think it's a relatively minor trade off either way and personal preference. i like to have my guitars look as close to natural wood as i can including as little shine as possible so i prefer the satin.
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satin finishes are great on acoustic bodies - especially this particular garrison that my friend tried, also prolly some taylors too.

though satin finishes do bite the hard one on guitar necks - my telecoustic neck gets dirty easy thanx to mr satin.
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Unread 02-02-2003, 02:09 AM   #9
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Well the new glosses take much fewer coats of paint to do because they're UV-cured. You can read all about it in an article on the Taylor site.

Anyways, the difference is hardly perceptible, and I consider it a decent trade, in order to protect my guitar. Besides, the satin look makes it look............. primitive almost.
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ooooooo yea primitive is almost an understatement
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That's basically a good summary above. Except that a gloss finnish is definitely a person hailing from Finland who has tipped a few too many finnish lagers...

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LOL :klol: . I hope that answers your real question, MusicFreaK.
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hmmm, I guess you'd go to a satin Finnish for a prom dress then....
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Unread 02-02-2003, 10:20 PM   #14
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i prefer satin finished myself. looks and feels more natural and nicer to me. and it doesn't get messed up constantly when you touch it with smudges from fingerprints etc etc..
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Well just wait and see how great that satin finish is when dirt and grime creep in.
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