I started playing guitar in 2019. Near the end of the year I got a Republic 810 (steel body). I’ve been playing it for a few months and I love it, except the finish. I’d like it to be able to patina, but there seems to be some sort of coating/paint/not sure. Is it possible to modify this finish without doing damage?
Edited by - Netdewt on 01/19/2020 14:46:32
I have no tips for you on how to age a steel finish, but I don't doubt that if you play it a lot it will eventually get there on its own - like it's supposed to.
I have heard of utilizing some sort of salted water solution to age steel, and I'm not familiar with the particulars - but my gut tells me it's a horrible idea.
Is it the polished steel finish, or more more of a satin finish?
It’s kind of a brushed look, and there is a slight texture on the surface that makes me think it’s lacquered, but I don’t know. I’m afraid it’s “too perfect” to be bare steel.
I bought the steel body model because I had hoped it would age nicely. They used to have different pictures on their website that showed the steel body with some real patina. Their other models all had obvious “finishes” applied to a brass body.
Mine looks like:
But I wanted and thought I was getting:
I play with finger picks.
If I can stick with this instrument as I intend to, someday I’ll get a mule tri cone... :)
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