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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Satin finishes

I have been playing my Xmas LP Special a lot lately. I just love the satin finish on this axe.
Sure a gloss looks great but man the satin on the neck feels so smooth. I love how the wood feels in my hand.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Satin finishes

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Re: Satin finishes

I like the look of the satin finish on my LP Studio but there's so many damn nicks and chips in it it's ridiculous.
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Re: Satin finishes

Satin finished necks were one of the things that originally drew me to fenders. I can't get on with a sticky painted neck.

Thank you Gibson for worn and satin finishes.
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Re: Satin finishes

I felt the exact same way about my satin 50's.

My SG was sticky.

I was looking into ways to sand off the paint.
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Love my Fenders with their satin necks. Feels so much better than a painted neck.


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Re: Satin finishes

Totally agree. My Les Paul Studio faded has a satin neck as does my Strat. Satin is soooo much easier to play IMHO. I'm going to get a Traditional Pro II...it also has a satin neck.
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Re: Satin finishes

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Re: Satin finishes

Love my Traditional Mahogany Satin LP. Feels great to play and looks fabulous.
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Re: Satin finishes

I had a Trad Po Goldtop for a short while. Didn't jive with the guitar, but I thought the satin finish on the neck and body back was superb. It is such an improvement over some of the older 'faded' finishes that just feel like a spritzed-on coat and always a bit tacky. This satin was smooth as silk, nice completely flat surface with pore filler underneath, and since I'm always hanging up a bit on gloss finishes with my perspiration it just felt effortless to glide over.

It's too bad I didn't get along with that guitar, because if I could, I'd have that on all my guitars. It didn't look like an unpolished/cheap spritzed coating, either....and the neck actually looked almost glossy. But to me, it's an absolute winner of a finish. Man, do I wish they'd do that for Historics instead of that fly-paper-like VOS.
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Re: Satin finishes

Looks cheap to me.. polish that crap.
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Looks cheap to me.. polish that crap.
Are you sure you know which one you're basing that on? The actual satin finish that comes on the Traditional Pro is about as smooth/flat and polished as it gets...just doesn't have that mirror-like sheen as on a gloss, but it's not that far off.



The 'faded'/'worn' finish that comes on like a current Les Paul Jr. or others is more like a misted-on coat that isn't as smooth.

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Re: Satin finishes

I just prefer a more finished look.
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Re: Satin finishes

Again, have you seen the satin finishes in person? Because frankly, there's nothing 'unfinished' about them, they just have more of a 'semi-gloss' but super-even surface, not like rough/unpolished. But if you're basing it off of sheen/shininess only, then yeah a gloss will always give you a bit more.
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Re: Satin finishes

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I have been playing my Xmas LP Special a lot lately. I just love the satin finish on this axe.
Sure a gloss looks great but man the satin on the neck feels so smooth. I love how the wood feels in my hand.
They obviously have very different feels.
The faded SGs neck is fast, you don't suffer from sticky spots like a poly neck.
I own and like both finishes.

By the way, the difference between a gloss and faded finish is 5 mils. Gloss is 8 mils and faded is 3.
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Again, have you seen the satin finishes in person? Because frankly, there's nothing 'unfinished' about them, they just have more of a 'semi-gloss' but super-even surface, not like rough/unpolished...


People certainly have different tastes and I like a nice gloss finish, but some of the satin finishes will rival any of the gloss finishes for "looks". I happen to think my mahogany satin LP Traditional looks as good as any of my Les Pauls.



Even next to my alpine white "gloss finish" LP Custom, it doesn't take a back seat at all.

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Re: Satin finishes

Anyone ever notice that on the Gibson sub forum so many are polishing their satin finish LP's for a glossy look and on the Epi sub forum many are taking off the poly for a satin finish look?
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Re: Satin finishes

I don't suffer from an inability to play my gloss necks but I love the feel of the satin finish on the necks of my worn cherry Studio and my Ibanez RG870QMZ Premium...They play like butter.
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I don't suffer from an inability to play my gloss necks but I love the feel of the satin finish on the necks of my worn cherry Studio and my Ibanez RG870QMZ Premium...They play like butter.
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Re: Satin finishes

Is there someplace that tells you the difference between all of these finishes? You've got the fadeds, the worn the satins and what else? My 50's Tribute is supposed to be satin but it's not super smooth like the other satins mentioned here.
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Is there someplace that tells you the difference between all of these finishes? You've got the fadeds, the worn the satins and what else? My 50's Tribute is supposed to be satin but it's not super smooth like the other satins mentioned here.
I think the Trad Pros still use filler , whereas the fadeds seem to be lacking filler.I could be wrong. I know that Martin necks still have filler on them and eventually will become glossy if played enough. I have only experienced a sticky neck on a Gibson and it was a red 335 plain top. It had other issues and I ended up getting rid of it.Presently I have a red 335 figured model and no sticky neck.
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Re: Satin finishes

Does the satin finish have a flattening agent in the mix? or is it really just the film thickness?
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Re: Satin finishes

I love the satin finish on my 70s tribute, since the neck is maple, it's even smoother than your standard satin finish, but not sticky at all.
On the the traditional pros I wish they would just finish the neck satin, having the back and sides gloss too.
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People certainly have different tastes and I like a nice gloss finish, but some of the satin finishes will rival any of the gloss finishes for "looks". I happen to think my mahogany satin LP Traditional looks as good as any of my Les Pauls.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w...DSC03382-2.jpg

Even next to my alpine white "gloss finish" LP Custom, it doesn't take a back seat at all.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w...DSC03397-1.jpg
Jesus what is that top made from, 70s faux wood paneling?
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I love the satin finish on my 70s tribute, since the neck is maple, it's even smoother than your standard satin finish, but not sticky at all.
On the the traditional pros I wish they would just finish the neck satin, having the back and sides gloss too.
I too would love to have that satin finish on the back of all my guitar necks.
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