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I must wonder if you're talking about a finish that extends to the necka s well. That's where the natural oil/wax finishes show flaunt their traits the best!
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Oil. On my Warwick Streamer.

 

I do like the nitrocellulose lacquer as well.

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I must wonder if you're talking about a finish that extends to the necka s well. That's where the natural oil/wax finishes show flaunt their traits the best!

I wasn't really talking about the finish on the neck and intentionally left an oil finish off an an option. I'm really just interested in the preferences between nitro and poly. ;)
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IMO it's like the difference between bolt-on and neck-thru construction; it's all in the execution rather than the nominal approach. If it's thin enough to avoid damping the wood's resonance but tough enough to survive gigging, then I really don't care.

 

I like waxed finishes because they age so well, really let the instrument resonate, and any bad battle scars can be easily fixed. I think polyurethane can be made as non-damping as nitrocellulose, but can nitro ever be as tough as poly?

 

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I also vote oil/wax, or whatever lets the wood resonate most freely.

 

My bass had a poly coat on paint when new, but years ago, I removed the top poly coat, leaving only the paint.

 

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An added benefit- body scars/nicks don't really phase me a bit.

 

 

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It's all about the look and feel of nitro on the body....but oil's still better ;)
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I recall some Beatle's mythology that at one time they removed the finish from their instruments in order to allow the wood to "breathe" and improve their sound.

 

That said, (since I don't own a Warwick) I go with poly. It's easy to clean, it look good and it's easy to spot repair dings and scratches. And if properly cared for, is somewhat weather-proof (not that I recommend leaving the bass out in the rain, but if it gets really humid...)

 

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I have to think that you're referring to John Lennon's epiphone casino. Paul's bass still has the original finish as far as I know. If you look at the apple rooftop performance you'll see john lennon's stripped "revolution" casino. Paul's hofner is still finished. George is playing his rosewood tele. I know for a fact that his tele was finished. When he passed one the guitar was in his will to go to a friend. Well, when this friend recieved it he decided he didn't like the finish on the back of the neck, which was the same as the finish on the body. A bassplayer by the name of Bob Grosse told me that this heir took the guitar to his friend and while he was stripping the finish he had to think "What in the HELL am I doing"......I'd think the same thing.

I'm not sure of the fate of the other 2 casino's purchased by the beatles though.....

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