Satin finish guitars seem to be all the rage these days, specifically for their more affordable prices due to less steps in the finishing process. Manufacturers can worry less about mirror shine and consumers can more easily afford the guitar they really want as long as gloss isn’t an issue.
Having spoken to a few guitar owners now, I’ve heard of some latent remourse for not spending a few extra bucks–sometimes a few hundred— and getting the shinier version. There are a few common reasons I’ve heard over and over again:
1) Wishing the guitar looked classier
2) Being dissatisfied with the premature dullness of the finish
3) Finding that the guitar wears in an unappealing fashion, showing glossier patches where it’s played
4) Polishing shows every streak
5) Being as low-gloss as it is, the grain of otherwise pretty wood is obscured, especially with direct light
These are condensed, of course, but I’ve heard this a lot lately. The good news is, Leading Tone now offers a de-satinizing option for your factory-diffused guitar so that you too can know the goodness that is specular reflection.
Look at that 335! Now, keep in mind that your finish, unless refinished with a high-gloss clear coat, won’t ever look as mirror brilliant as a standard finish. It will, however, loose that dull and dirty look and appear more weathered than the satin finish will on its own. You’ll see muted reflections and possibly deeper grain, as well as the look of a guitar that’s seen its fair share of stage use. This Gibson guitar reminds me a lot of actual vintage 335’s I’ve played in the past, and is definitely a lot prettier than it was when it arrived. Silly me for not taking a before shot!
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