Howard leese private stock. Nitro question

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  1. darkmavis

    darkmavis New Member

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    hi all, as we know i have one of these prized beauties! I was wondering if anyone knows if the nitro used is the type that will check upon temperature changes.

    thanks all :)
     
  2. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    I have yet to see checking on a PRS guitar , I would contact PTC with this kind of question
     
  3. CatStrangler

    CatStrangler PRS Enthusiast

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    I did have one check severely when shipping in a cold february. It absolutely will just like everyone else's.
     
  4. G-Man

    G-Man New Member

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    Winter rules apply, let the case warm up for a few days to reduce checking and humidify?
     
  5. Aqualung

    Aqualung New Member

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    I've had my Leese Golden Eagle for 6 years now and it hasn't checked, but then I live in the very mild climate of Sydney, Australia. My '74 SG, which I've owned for 34 years shows absolutely zilch signs of checking.
     
  6. Twinfan

    Twinfan 408 Sig Club President

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    I have treated my Collection V like I stole it, exposing it to differing temperatures etc without letting it warm up in the case or anything like that. Zero checking.

    I'd say it's highly unlikely it'll check. PRS nitro feels slightly soft and flexible rather than hard and brittle.
     
  7. CatStrangler

    CatStrangler PRS Enthusiast

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    With all due respect, I feel duty bound to stop the spread of misinformation. The proof is in the pudding below. This recent vintage nitro coated PS got shipped in a cold February in the USA. I am not saying any nitro coated PRS will check with temperature changes, but that it absolutely could and caution is warranted.

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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I've seen a few nitro PRSes with checked finishes. Even PRS' shatter-hard nitro will check under the right conditions.
     
  9. Twinfan

    Twinfan 408 Sig Club President

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    Good to know! I wish mine would crack like that, it'd be very cool....
     
  10. ReptilianNosewood

    ReptilianNosewood New Member

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    Is that not a deal breaker on that finish for anybody else? I don't believe id ever buy a nitro finish because of this.
     
  11. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    At one time susceptibility to checking, and the tendency of some nitro finishes to get sticky, made a nitro finish on a new one a deal breaker for me (I've had a '65 SG Special since new that is quite checked in spots).

    But over the past few years I've bought a few PRSes finished in nitro, and to my complete surprise, I prefer the way they sound. I even prefer the look and feel slightly.

    PRS nitro finishes don't feel sticky. I'm willing to put up with the possibility of checking, because I simply LOVE the way they sound.
     
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  12. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Not for me. While it can happen, it doesn't on very many PRS. Infrequently enough that I don't really consider the possibility.
     
  13. Tag

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    Agree. Nitro makes a big difference, and when they crack, they sound even better.
     
  14. CatStrangler

    CatStrangler PRS Enthusiast

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    I only order nitro finishes, as I have said, the guitar I pictured was shipped at a bad time of the year. As long as the guitar is not exposed to extreme temperatures/temperature changes, it should be ok.
     
  15. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    Plus, that nitro can be fixed. Just like anything, PRS will make it right as rain.
     
  16. Milchschnitte

    Milchschnitte New Member

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    Holy cow!!!!!!

    That SC PS with the checking is BADA$$
     
  17. CatStrangler

    CatStrangler PRS Enthusiast

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    I know. After my buyer showed me those pics I almost had him send it back to me for a full refund.
     
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  18. darkmavis

    darkmavis New Member

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    This sounds bad, but I'm considering sending it to a luithier to check it. I know the resale value will plummet but I've no intention of selling her. Ever
     

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