The "Official Silver Sky" Thread

Hmm, I just looked at my other guitars that might have nitro finish on the necks. This statement quoted earlier narrowed my search a bit:

Please note, if your guitar is uses nitro finish, we strongly recommend not hanging or setting the guitar in a guitar stand/hanger outfitted with chemically active synthetic/surgical tubing. Doing this may cause a chemical reaction with the nitrocellulose finish on the neck (ex: CE, Swamp Ash) or the body (ex: Modern Eagle, DGT, Sunburst Series), which could cause the finish to dissolve.

I only have a CE (old core version) and a SAS. The CE already had some nitro melt damage when I got it, presumably from a non-safe hanger. I see now the SAS has some very minor discoloration, and I honestly hadn't looked for it before, so I am not sure whether it was a "pre-existing condition", since I bought that used (a 2007 model, about 10 years old when I bought it).

I thought I was safe using String Swing hangers, now I might just go put hanger covers (I was going to use a different term that starts with "co...") on several of them.

Growf.
 
I was going to use a different term that starts with "co..."

Cookware?

Cola bottles?

Condiments?

Complimentary continental breakfast?

Copper clappers?

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After waiting less time than I feared (due to COVID-19), my Midnight Rose Silver Sky Maple FB is on its way! I ordered the day they got announced, and this was in the first batch of midnight rose finishes received by Brian's. (They've had a few Polar Blues for a while.)

Arrives Monday - dang it, didn't quite get it out in time before the holiday weekend!

The String Swing issue noted by @John Mann concerns me, though. I have those hangers everywhere, and they have never affected any of my PRS necks. They are supposed to be "nitro safe". Is the new nitro finish from PRS different enough? Any updates, John?

Congrats Steve. So what new bass is Mrs H getting?;)

Hmm, I just looked at my other guitars that might have nitro finish on the necks. This statement quoted earlier narrowed my search a bit:

Please note, if your guitar is uses nitro finish, we strongly recommend not hanging or setting the guitar in a guitar stand/hanger outfitted with chemically active synthetic/surgical tubing. Doing this may cause a chemical reaction with the nitrocellulose finish on the neck (ex: CE, Swamp Ash) or the body (ex: Modern Eagle, DGT, Sunburst Series), which could cause the finish to dissolve.

I only have a CE (old core version) and a SAS. The CE already had some nitro melt damage when I got it, presumably from a non-safe hanger. I see now the SAS has some very minor discoloration, and I honestly hadn't looked for it before, so I am not sure whether it was a "pre-existing condition", since I bought that used (a 2007 model, about 10 years old when I bought it).

I thought I was safe using String Swing hangers, now I might just go put hanger covers (I was going to use a different term that starts with "co...") on several of them.

Growf.

Time to cut the ankle part off some black socks (clean off course).
 
Congrats Steve. So what new bass is Mrs H getting?;)

She got a Kestrel not too long ago, so I think I'm OK for a while. :)

Time to cut the ankle part off some black socks (clean off course).
Yeah, something to cover up a few of them, at least. I've put a "retired" sock on the hanger for the SAS already.

Very interested to hear what John Mann finds out.
 
Hmm, I just looked at my other guitars that might have nitro finish on the necks. This statement quoted earlier narrowed my search a bit:

Please note, if your guitar is uses nitro finish, we strongly recommend not hanging or setting the guitar in a guitar stand/hanger outfitted with chemically active synthetic/surgical tubing. Doing this may cause a chemical reaction with the nitrocellulose finish on the neck (ex: CE, Swamp Ash) or the body (ex: Modern Eagle, DGT, Sunburst Series), which could cause the finish to dissolve.

I only have a CE (old core version) and a SAS. The CE already had some nitro melt damage when I got it, presumably from a non-safe hanger. I see now the SAS has some very minor discoloration, and I honestly hadn't looked for it before, so I am not sure whether it was a "pre-existing condition", since I bought that used (a 2007 model, about 10 years old when I bought it).

I thought I was safe using String Swing hangers, now I might just go put hanger covers (I was going to use a different term that starts with "co...") on several of them.

Growf.
Hercules are supposed to be Nitro friendly
 
So what are the major differences between years of the SS guitars? Neck profile changes? Paint differences? When made? Anything else?
 
So what are the major differences between years of the SS guitars? Neck profile changes? Paint differences? When made? Anything else?

2018 & 2019: original neck shape, rosewood only fretboard, poly body, nitro neck

2020 adds maple fretboard option in original carve, slightly (very slight according to to recent posts here) different carve on the rosewood, nitro body.

Other than different color options, no other changes.
 
Was there ever a reason why the Horizon SS color was discontinued?

I thought it was the best color of the originals.
 
I have always used String Swing hangers , plenty of Nitro finished guitars never an issue, my frost Silver Sky has been hanging for 2 years now.
My last Les Paul was on a hanger for 20 years , bummer what happened to the guitars at Johns shop
 
Hercules are supposed to be Nitro friendly
Unfortunately, String Swings are also supposed to be nitro friendly. And seem to have been for many/most?

Either the nitro on those guitars is a new different formulation, or String Swing changed something.
 
i;m seeing orion green on clearance on reverb through many stores
discontinuing hte color?
 
This is my first nitro guitar and I havent the faintest idea how to store it, what do most of you guys do? I read a few posts ago to put a cotton sock around the hanging hooks, would yall agree with that?
 
This is my first nitro guitar and I havent the faintest idea how to store it, what do most of you guys do? I read a few posts ago to put a cotton sock around the hanging hooks, would yall agree with that?

That was probably me. The cotton material acts as a barrier against any likelihood that the foam on the guitar stand/hanger might react with the nitro lacquer.

It’s something I’ve done for years, because a friends LP Studio ended up with an ugly reaction on the back of the neck, near to the headstock, where it was cradled by the stand that was covered by rubber tubing.

I owned an LP Goldtop (sold) years ago and have done this since then.
 
This is my first nitro guitar and I havent the faintest idea how to store it, what do most of you guys do? I read a few posts ago to put a cotton sock around the hanging hooks, would yall agree with that?

Here’s my unscientific, fact less thoughts. It’s foam, and my thought process is over time it could be susceptible to changing its composition from changes in temp, humidity levels, sunlight, repeated use and more. My first guitar I stored in a stand. It had a poly neck, but after about a year the foam in the stand left a sticky mess where it touched the neck and the body. Granted it just needed a cleaning to correct it, but since then I’ve wrapped all my stands in soft cotton just to be safe.

I use all Hercules hangers today, and even their literature doesn’t commit to being 100% safe based on the many different finishes available. So a little bit of cotton gives me the piece of mind.

Bear in mind - leather will also react poorly with nitro if left in direct contact for too long, so be careful with straps as well if applicable. Any playing will be no problem, but don’t store with a strap still attached for long periods.
 
Here’s my unscientific, fact less thoughts. It’s foam, and my thought process is over time it could be susceptible to changing its composition from changes in temp, humidity levels, sunlight, repeated use and more. My first guitar I stored in a stand. It had a poly neck, but after about a year the foam in the stand left a sticky mess where it touched the neck and the body. Granted it just needed a cleaning to correct it, but since then I’ve wrapped all my stands in soft cotton just to be safe.

I use all Hercules hangers today, and even their literature doesn’t commit to being 100% safe based on the many different finishes available. So a little bit of cotton gives me the piece of mind.

Bear in mind - leather will also react poorly with nitro if left in direct contact for too long, so be careful with straps as well if applicable. Any playing will be no problem, but don’t store with a strap still attached for long periods.
THIS!
 
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