My Gibson Les Paul Studio has a gorgeously lustrous glossy nitrocellulose lacquer finish. This is a premium finish. Or so I thought! Recently I noticed that the bottom edges of the guitar body are showing some damage. My heart sank a little bit to see my treasured Les Paul disfigured like this.
I use a classic little OnStage guitar stand. I’ve used this type of stand with every guitar I have ever owned, and never had an issue. Until now. I guess all of my previous guitars had simple polyurethane finishes. Those are the “cheap” finishes compared to nitrocellulose, but apparently what you give up in glowing beauty, you gain in thick-skinned toughness.
My first thought was to put a couple old cotton socks over the guitar stand supports. That was a little too embarrassing, so instead I busted out the blue tape. Ugly, but it works:
Is nitrocellulose really so sensitive?!?
Update February 21, 2016: I bought a new Ultimate Support guitar stand!
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