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Old 10-18-2020, 02:09 PM
CaffeinatedOne CaffeinatedOne is offline
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Need to see pics. Sounds like temperature shock crazing. Once I had a friend who took his guitar case out of his car where it had sat overnight in the freezing temperature. He made the mistake of opening the case immediately when he brought it inside. He watched the entire finish craze like that - spider web cracks. It took about ten seconds. Happens when the lacquer finish expands at a different rate from the underlying wood.

I've always viewed finish crazing as part of the instrument's history and not a thing to be fixed. That's likely nitrocellulose lacquer - not amenable to a "fix." Respray, maybe, but then you're into a whole bunch of work for perhaps little return.

I'm curious about the pickguard. Was it applied over the finish or over bare wood?
Taylor 815C
'59 Gibson LG2
Washburn J4 jazz box, ebony tailpiece
Cort ES 335 clone
Gold Tone open back banjo
Anon. mountain dulcimer
Stacks of mahogany, spruce, maritime rosewood, western red cedar
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