Crazing or crackling in the finish of new or newish guitars

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by mitch_cumsteen, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. mitch_cumsteen

    mitch_cumsteen Squier-Meister

    408
    Jun 25, 2018
    Planet, Idaho
    I was in GC today and they had a used Classic Vibe ’60s Telecaster in Sunburst for $300 (which I"ve been lusting after for some time now ), BUT when I looked closely at the finish there was a lot of crazing or crackling in the finish. So much that I could kind of feel it with my finger tips even through the poly. I couldn't get a good photo of it but it appeared very similar to this:

    https://forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=106229

    I thought it looked kind of cool and added some character to the rig, but then I thought maybe it's a detrimental defect.

    So, is this common? Should they even be selling it?
     
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Age:
    43
    Sep 27, 2014
    Canada
    That is what is called sinks in the finish, and it's very common even on higher end Strats/Teles......it's very difficult if not impossible to get a perfectly flat finish on wood (even with sealer/undercoat), and it shows up MUCH more on dark colors especially black.....it's common and nothing to worry about IMHO
     
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  3. mitch_cumsteen

    mitch_cumsteen Squier-Meister

    408
    Jun 25, 2018
    Planet, Idaho
    Thanks, GA

    As always, a fountain of knowledge....
     
  4. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Age:
    58
    Nov 24, 2018
    Burnin some Nitro...
    @Guitarmageddon nailed it, also just like fret sprout wood expands and contracts with different temperatures and humidity and paint doesn't.
     
  5. squierbilly

    squierbilly Dr. Squier

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Some people consider that added value..
    Now its vintage.. :rolleyes:
     
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