Hi ,I am new here,but not new to guitars
.I recenly bought a Johnson JGG10 petite bouche,and it sounded rather good ,but with the ultimative zziinggg missing(well,for that price).Then I noticed,while trying to see if I could mark the wood with my fingernail (to see how thick the clear varnish was ),that,boy,there is a paint on it that is THICK and ultrahard.At least there WAS that paint on it,as I decided to strip the guitar and refinish it in shellack (french polish).Now came a gruelling task,that to get the paint off.I really do not know what the makers did put on,but NO (even the most unecologic and strong )paint stripper would even make a slight ripple in that finish.So I scraped and sanded it off.Took five days.One has to be damned careful not to sand thru the veneers,that is EASY!! Well,the refinishing with shellack was a joy compared to the stripping.And what can I say about the sound ,now?The guitar sounds absolutely different,better bottom end,sweeter trebles,and it even seems lighter to me...
The only thing I can deduce from all this is that probably the thick and hard finish inhibited the natural sound.I ask myself:why do the factories put so much paint on their guitars
,if they could save money and time AND have better sounding instrument to sell?? Has anyone experienced something similar? CIAO