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Gold Tone


Oct 18th, 2004 11:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

"my young Canadian friend"

Oh how I yearn for my youth.

It just gets rediculous to what degree this need for authenticity takes some people.

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Yorkshire, England

Oct 19th, 2004 01:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of my current Deluxe cases smells like an tannery, and so does the guitar for half an hour or so after taking it out. Maybe if you haven't got that vibe you should hide 1lb of offal in the accessory tray and see if it evokes the 50's embience?

cpt. midnite

San Francisco

Oct 20th, 2004 12:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I happen to like the smell of my "new" CC Nocaster. It is a good thing too, as it helps offset the stench of my playing.

Open a window, he's pluggin in!

fred smoot


Oct 20th, 2004 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

JimShine is right. The smell is from the case, not the lacquer.

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Oct 20th, 2004 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Whatever the new Custom Shop Nitro-covered guitar smell is, it is due to the guitar rather than the new G&G case. I swapped cases, and the vanilla-ish smell I associate with the new guitar moved into the new case (happily!).


USA, Santa Monica

There's a hellhound on my trail
Oct 23rd, 2004 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ahh, there's nothing like the smell of fresh Nitro in the morning to get your heart pumping.

Hey Jim, you are right about that "old" musty case smell, I got one and it even make the guitar reek of it. Any tips on how to nuturalize it? baking soda, incense, something that won't hurt the finish on the guitar? Airing it out in the sun doesn't even seem to help...

Jim Shine
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Grover Jackson is the man!
Oct 23rd, 2004 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nitro smells like vanilla? lol..thats a new one! I really wish it did. Gibson is doing something to make it smell that way if the case didn't affect it. I must say I have old guitars in new cases that quickly pick up the new case smell and when it goes back into an old case, it transfers a bit of the new smell to the old case.

I don't know how to neutralize the smell of an old case without removing the glue. As for the guitar, if you put it in a new case for a few months it will gain that newer glue smell, but it still may have a little of the old smell underlying. I have an old tweed case that I can't even bring in the house it reeks so bad. It gives me a headache.

(This message was last edited by Jim Shine at 03:07 PM, Oct 23rd, 2004)

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Oct 24th, 2004 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know why, but I like this thread. It seems that one thing more elusive than agreeing on a guitar tone via the web is agreeing on a guitar scent.

Jim, I was writing about a new-smelling Fender Custom Shop guitar. Maybe vanilla isn't the right scent, but it smells pleasant, and it doesn't seem to be due to the G&G case, as a new-in-box G&G case that doesn't have a guitar in it doesn't have that "new-guitar" smell.

Maybe they perfume the things before sending them out the door.

What does nitro smell like?


USA, Santa Monica

There's a hellhound on my trail
Oct 24th, 2004 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's the nitro you a'smellin' when you pop the case on yer new CS guitar.

It stays around for several good long months, then fades slowly away. Can't really think of a similiar scent to compare to, not vanilla, but I see the similarity due to the "sweet" smell of nitro. That's it, it is sweet type scent, not offensive like paint oders but not sickining like overly sweet vanilla.

Actually I heard you can put vanilla into paint to kill the paint oder, so maybe a drop of vanilla in that old musty guitar case would do the job?

Sonic Mike

United States

Dec 18th, 2004 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

My wife puts nitro cellulose in cookies and they taste like vanilla!

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My Roadie hasn't showed up for 35 years.
Dec 19th, 2004 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

That should finish you off nicely! :)

Jim Shine
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Grover Jackson is the man!
Dec 19th, 2004 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Vanilla in paint? I wont discount it! One well know repairman guru uses egg whites to replicate old blonde finishes...I wont do it..but who am I to say he is wrong?



Dec 20th, 2004 03:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Smelly guitars are the best ;=> I might throw some egg whites at my wife to replicate an old blonde -thanks for the tip Jim Shine!

Jim Shine
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Grover Jackson is the man!
Dec 20th, 2004 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am thinking about using some beef stew to replicate a dark brown sunburst.


USA, Santa Monica

There's a hellhound on my trail
Dec 21st, 2004 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just got my Strat back from my tech and noticed a funny, awful smell,

"What happened," I asked, "what's that rancid smell coming from?"
"Could be the bacon, pancakes, toast and eggs I had earlier for breakfast, sinner."
"I said I wanted it to play like butter, not smell like it was bathed in it!"


USA / New York

Feb 11th, 2005 11:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would never get rid of the smell in an old case, or guitar, its a part of its history and its vibe! Especially one from the 50's or 60's.
That does't go for cat pee though.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jun 20th, 2017 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

If only!

Gibson Smell

(This message was last edited by rfrakes331K at 05:21 PM, Jun 20th, 2017)



Jun 24th, 2017 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still remember the smell of my first "professional" guitar, a 1962 Strat the first time I opened the case. The smell didn't fade by the way. Definitely not vanilla.



Jul 30th, 2017 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just recently got a Thin Skin and it did have the nitro smell, especially after being shipped in the summer heat. I keep it out of the case, but the case still has the smell, it's pretty cool.


San Diego

Land of Sea, home of the Waves
Sep 19th, 2017 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I remember the first old guitar I got. The old person house with stale beer, nicotine, and sweat, but something else.

The other day I was cleaning an old friend, a 62 reissue with rosewood, nitro, and it needed a polish. Sometimes I don't go for the Virtuoso polish for the thinner skins, and on this one I lemon oiled the fretboard and then grabbed the old Johnson's paste wax to put a light coat on the body and the back of the neck. I had changed the strings so I went and scrubbed my hands clean, and while I did that left the guitar in the case with the lid closed. (I have cats who knock or walk on everything). When I returned and opened the case it was like a real vintage smell. It really did hit me in the face, the combination of naptha in the wax, the lemon oil and older nitro.

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