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Had a great deal on a Guild F-30 because the nitro lacquer finish is awfully checkered : If it were not of the low price I would not have even tried it... But as I many times read about such flaw, this does not seem to hamper its musicality and I bought it with an idea I would like to read your opinions about.

I also kind of remember reading nitro finish would somewhat make the soundboard stiffer which could hamper its acoustic properties.

So, I am thinking of getting the top refinished satin... and why not sunburst.
(I know the luthier has to lift the bridge and reglue it.)

And suggestion ?
 

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Satin is a sheen, not a type of finish.
Satin - semi gloss - gloss is the amount of shiny in a finish.

Laquer checks wouldn’t bother me but it’s your call.
Laquer won’t deaden the sound board, that’s just not true.
Well...maybe if it’s like 1/4” thick.

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Lacquer cracks wouldn't bother me either. Thick finish will dampen the sound for sure, whatever is used. Dave wren said to me that of all the things he has done over the years, going to French polish (very thin) made the biggest improvement in sound. A good non gloss finish is Osmo Poly X Hard Oil wax. It is easy to apply, 2 or 3 coats only, very low odour. Do it yourself ? Without a sunburst. Hand sand with a block, no power sanding to 320 grit, remove ALL dust!!! And apply the Osmo. Russ
 

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Well, thanks guys !
I will keep the top as is as I did since I got her.
 
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