Anybody buffed out a Satin Larry?

Started by bsman, July 09, 2024, 08:06:23 AM

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I recently bought a 12-fret D40r which I love, but sometimes I wish it wasn't quite so satin.  Has anybody buffed there's to make it a bit more attractive and a bit less "sticky"?  I know it will get less matte with playing time, but that's only in very specific areas and I would like to make it that way all over, if possible.
You have the right to free speech...as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it

Oh yeah. It's been done many times and documented on this forum almost as many.
Some differing opinions and techniques. So I recommend reading them all and proceed with caution.
I've done it myself with fairly good results using Meguiar's products.
Here's a few links:
(There are some rather recent threads on this but they didn't turn up in a quick search I did this morning but you can look further and find more here.)

http://www.larriveeforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=12830.msg117970#msg117970

http://www.larriveeforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=34470.msg315412#msg315412

http://www.larriveeforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=12830.msg315549#msg315549

http://www.larriveeforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=14723.msg137202#msg137202

http://www.larriveeforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=23597.msg207757#msg207757

Edited to add one recent thread here.







Thanks - for some reason my search didn't turn up all those threads.

Anyway, seems like a lot of effort.  Maybe I'll just play the crap out of it for a few months and see what happens...
You have the right to free speech...as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it

I recently removed my tuning pegs and polished the headstock on my Larrivee.  Didn't take too long, and it's a nice place to try it before tackling a whole guitar body.
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Larrivee LV-03R

Quote from: StringPicker6 on July 10, 2024, 06:31:08 AMI recently removed my tuning pegs and polished the headstock on my Larrivee.  Didn't take too long, and it's a nice place to try it before tackling a whole guitar body.

I saw that!  My D-40 also has the vine inlay, so it did spark a bit of interest in me!  Might be a more rational place to start...
You have the right to free speech...as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it

So, it's your guitar and you can do what you want with it but I like the satin and would never buff to get rid of it. 

Why buy a satin in the first place if you knew you don't like it?  And, I would have to think that buffing would severely reduce the value when you want to sell.  But maybe you will keep it forever?

Quote from: jazzereh on July 11, 2024, 02:55:55 PMSo, it's your guitar and you can do what you want with it but I like the satin and would never buff to get rid of it. 

Why buy a satin in the first place if you knew you don't like it?  And, I would have to think that buffing would severely reduce the value when you want to sell.  But maybe you will keep it forever?

I'll second this. :wink:

I happen to like Larrivée's satin finish, I like their gloss too.

Different strokes for different folks. :bgrin:
Herman.

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 Forum VI, & "others"

I like the satin finish a lot because I don't get so worried about blemishes, bumps and scrapes.  My only gripe is that my LV-03R has gorgeous straight grain rosewood back and sides, and I know that if it was  a gloss finish that grain would be so beautiful to look at! 
Larrivee P-03
Epiphone USA Texan
Larrivee LV-03R

It has been years, but yes I have polished a Forum III (LS 03) to a very soft, attractive luster. It improved the appearance of the (real) mahogany body and Italian spruce top and made the guitar more pleasing to the touch. I understand the hesitancy expressed above, but as I don't intend to ever sell it, I will continue to enjoy it more than the original satin finish.

There are several methods for polishing. I used buffing compounds, wax, and a lot of time.

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