Martin D 45 Small White Streaks Under Finish

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  1. garybaldy

    garybaldy Senior Member

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    Hi
    My friend has had a new D 45 since last summer and a few white streaks have recently appeared on the sides. They seem to be under the finish. They are definitely not scratches. Has anyone seen this kind of thing before please?
    Thanks in advance. D 45 white marks 1.jpg D 45 White marks 2.jpg D 45 White marks 3.jpg
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    They may be minerals leaching out of the wood. I seem to recall reading something about this a while back.

    The grain on the 45s are outstanding ... gorgeous!
     
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    garybaldy Senior Member

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    Thanks NBB. Yes it's a beautiful thing. I haven't seen the streaks in person - just from the photos. I hope to see (and play!) it on Friday.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Enjoy! If you have never seen one in person, you will be astounded.
     
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    I have played this one a few times. The last time was beginning of January. Just not seen the streaks. I love everything about it particularly whatever chord you play in any location it sounds like an open chord. Stunning!
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Hard to beat a Martin Rosewood Dreadnought. Do you know if they use medium gauge .013" - .056" strings? That really makes them bark.
     
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    I'll have to let you know.
    BTW I'll be duetting on my humble Seagull S6 - better get some new strings before Friday!
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Have fun! :)
     
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    D45s are nice, all right, and the straight grain on that one is a big plus. Now, back to the streaks... I guess it could be light colored minerals, but what it looks like is dust or polish in the long grain pores. It's hard to imagine Martin finishing over that, since their finishes are so reliably good, and it's also hard to imagine any pores being present after finishing, but that's what it looks like. It's not a big deal, I think, but to be honest nobody wants white lines visible in finished BRW!
     
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    Thanks.
    The white lines have appeared only recently. I don't believe they were evident when the guitar was finished.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    I've been digging for additional mentions of this (for my own curiosity) and the consensus has been similar to my recollection. Seems it can happen right away, or happen over time. Nothing what I'd call scientifically definitive. I'm still looking.

    I'm a longtime Martin fanatic.

    What year was the D-45 made? Unless it is pre 1968, it is all but certain to be East Indian, not Brazilian.
     
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    It was purchased brand new from PMT Cardiff,UK last summer. Not sure how long it would take from factory to store. I believe it came via Westside Guitars, Denmark St, London.
     
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    I have a Seagull S6...fantastic guitar for the money. I get so many compliments on its tone.

     
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    Most likely an inferior wax or dried polish recently applied. Martin finishes are legendary.
     
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    Oi
    Ain't this a LesPaul forum ?!!!:applause::applause::applause:
    Cheers
    Andrew never mind
     

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