View Full Version : Stand padding and nitro lacquer

01-16-2011, 02:39 AM
I am not into the finer details of lacquer and especially my English terminology on the topic is limited and not necessarily precise.

Being an instrument collector I am very much aware about the effect of the storage format. The instruments placed very accessibly, that is on stands, are more likely to get play time.

I recently bought a couple of guitar/bass stands from Thomann in Germany, who warned that these might damage instruments with nitro lacquer. My Chinese heavily lacquered campfire guitar sits in the stand holding body as well as gripping around the neck. I havenít seen any damage on that one. The Ovation bass sits in the one only touching the lower body. Actually only the soundboard has a lacquered surface being touched, and there has been no visual damage so far.

Are there uke makes known to be coated in nitro lacquer, and are there makers known to never using nitro lacquer?


Mr Bill
01-16-2011, 04:36 AM
Hi Klaus,

Kamaka finishes their product with lacquer who else I can't say but most use
a "poly" finish, urethane, polyester, etc.

As for those "unfriendly to lacquer stands its a fact. My white Fender Stratocaster
turned an unpleasing brown where it contacted the padding, I was so ticked I ended
up selling the strat and tossing the stand in the bin. Many suggest covering the areas
in question with some cloth. I generally store my stuff in hard cases, not great for display
but thay're safe.


01-16-2011, 05:41 AM
Thanks the reply (even if my dyslexia nearly had me deleting the email notification - I, sadly, but honestly, thought it was one of those Ukrainian offerings of certain services - I will have to program a certain letter constellation as being acceptable).

Discolouration is bad enough in its own lack of right, but my real fear would be about the lacquer bubbling and flaking, as that would affect playability.

Another aspect of my ignorance: I am not sure I can distinguish lacquer from the other finishes. At least I am not sure about which parameters to look for.


01-16-2011, 05:43 AM
I had a problem with some wall hangers made in China. Hung a couple of Martin guitars with gloss finish. It marred the finish. Covered them with cloth and no more problems. Lucky for me these are road worn guitars used every day. Just another lesson learned. never had a problem with floor stands.

01-16-2011, 08:45 AM
Yeah, I've got nice dark marks on the sides of my peghead on an off-white SG (custom, one off order, no less) courtesy of one of those INgles "string swing" wall holders. So now I wrap the rubber padding in a couple of layers of cloth from an old t-shirt. Did I hear someone saying something about closing the barn door after the horses are gone? :(


01-16-2011, 09:10 AM

As a teacher I took pride in looking into the minds of my students, as that made it so much easier to help them developing themselves.

You obviously would have been one of the easier ones to look through, but now my eyes are too old to tell whether it takes a cow or a dino doing the hula to turn you on.

Anyway it appears I am not entirely lonesome tonight about my original worries.


01-16-2011, 11:55 AM
I think it's a cow - the important thing is that it's playing a ukulele - kind of hard to see - I guess I shrunk the images down too small after capturing them from the youtube video.


01-16-2011, 01:01 PM
AinĎt against comics, but ainít as hot on them as 30 years ago. The Simpsons have been filtered almost totally from my universe, as the colours are not kind on food already eaten.

Yet I had to follow up on that uke intermezzo. Found a copy of what probably is the original short version, which has poor sound. There are two versions which repeat the uke sequence without any context. One does so for 10 minutes, but here is a shorter one:


Appears being a comic metastunt referring to Clarabelle of Disney fame. The Danish name for Clarabelle is Nora Malkeko (Nora Dairy-cow), which then is a reference to Ibsenís play, so we are seeing the uke deeply embedded international culture.


01-16-2011, 01:03 PM
Sorry if not everybody finds the video above here too udderly funny.