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Posted By: dick greenhaus
24-Apr-02 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
There's really no difference between paint and varnish except for trhe opaque pigment incorporated in the paint. I think that some of the "sunburst" finishes popular on archtop guitars could qualify as painted.

The only problem (aside from looks)in panting a guitar is the additional mass of the additional finish which will tend to deaden the sound. You could get the same deleterious effect from adding more varnish--you'd just have to add a bit more to make up the added mass of the pigment.