2008 R9 checking

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Good morning fine folk, quick question. I’ve not really had much exposure to vintage guitars with checking or modern guitars with relic finishes or otherwise. Over the years I have read forum threads about reissues laquer having a formula that doesn’t allow checking like the older formula did due to various plasticisers and other additives, but I’ve started to notice cracks on my 2008 R9. They are very fine and there isn’t really a pattern to them, some are straight, some are loopy and you can’t feel them, it’s almost like they are in the lower half of the finish by the wood. Its not a bad thing but it’s also something I wasn’t expecting to see. Has anyone else found that their historics are ageing nicely with natural checking?
 

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Yes it is normal. They won’t check like their vintage counterparts, but they will check to some degree. Do you have any pictures, simply for curiosity sake?
 

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Yes it is normal. They won’t check like their vintage counterparts, but they will check to some degree. Do you have any pictures, simply for curiosity sake?
I shall see what I can do, like I said though they are very fine which surprised me, I suppose I’m used to seeing the heavy scars of very old guitars and thoughts that is what they would all do.
 

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Well its a 12 year old guitar....

There will be some shrinkage of either the wood or the coating of nitro....Nitro continues to flow over time....When the off gassing slows the solids can crack.....not every mix of nitro is exact either.... and you need to take into account climactic conditions of where you live, how its stored, heat and cold....etc.

Its a very normal thing...

Pics would help alot ....
 

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Well its a 12 year old guitar....

There will be some shrinkage of either the wood or the coating of nitro....Nitro continues to flow over time....When the off gassing slows the solids can crack.....not every mix of nitro is exact either.... and you need to take into account climactic conditions of where you live, how its stored, heat and cold....etc.

Its a very normal thing...

Pics would help alot ....
I’ve managed to get a few, it’s been harder than I thought, really had to get the light to shine over them because they are so fine, hope they give you an idea though. I’m not concerned by them, just surprised because I didn’t think the laquer did it much any more. The guitar is 12 years old but all the talks of pre 2000’s and vintage I sometimes take mine as a baby still
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Yea, all pretty Normal ... those May or may not proliferate at all.

The real kind of checking most see in vintage instruments is very different than the “modern” nitro formula checking...
 

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Yea, all pretty Normal ... those May or may not proliferate at all.

The real kind of checking most see in vintage instruments is very different than the “modern” nitro formula checking...
Yeah they may get worse but if they do so be it, it’s my go to guitar so I’d expect some fair wear and tear. When I got it it had spent its life under a bed for fear of damage, that was around 3 1/2 years ago. It certainly doesn’t live under a bed anymore, only difference is it lives in an aftermarket Gibson case so the lifton doesn’t get dinged up too bad. My daughter has already told me she wants it when she is big enough so it’s not going anywhere!
 

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Cool, I should add it isn’t common .. but is dependent on storage, climate and who premixed the nitro..

Nice guitar btw,,
 

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Cool, I should add it isn’t common .. but is dependent on storage, climate and who premixed the nitro..

Nice guitar btw,,
Thanks, it’s a keeper.

it just spends its days in a case in my dining room, there is a bit of change in temperature through the seasons but nothing extreme, the house is pretty steady. We have had a pretty hot summer this year so maybe that’s why, it’s cooled off pretty quickly so maybe I’ve only just noticed them as they’ve only just happened. I kind of like it to be honest, just part of it’s life cycle.

thanks for the info, very much appreciated.
 


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