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iammr2
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Apr 29th, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

On what years should we see paint stick areas in the neck cavities on bodies?

uncle stack-knob
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Apr 30th, 2018 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

About the end of 1962,the "paint stick mark" or "shadow" call it what you will began to appear.
This was due to the introduction of the "drying trees" onto which the paint stick was attached following spraying.Also,the guitars were sprayed by the stick being attached to a "spray bar" in the spray booth;ingenuous in a simple way,the spray bar and stick meant that the guitar body could be rotated during the spray process in order to make accessing the contours easier.
Before all this a device like a "lazy susan" was used to spray the bodies,in conjunction with the technique of driving nails (usually around four)into the body such that one side being sprayed,the body would be "flipped over"and stood on the nails while the exposed side was painted,ensuring that the body remained clear of the surface and thus the paint was protected.
Now,it is not at all rare to see some instruments displaying a "paintstick mark" and also nail holes,where nails had also been used for the DRYING process,as no capacity would have been available on the drying trees.
Just imagine the hundreds of instruments passing through the paint process in the early sixties;it must have been tremendous.So they did whatever in order to keep up with it.
As far as when the "stick" stopped,it is not so clear,as it occurrs in the early seventies,and of course is present on the Fullerton re-issues(not so much as a detail correct feature,but just as a way of painting those instruments).
Stack-Knob.

iammr2
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May 3rd, 2018 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks USK.

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May 4th, 2018 11:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would say that the spraybar/stick came first followed quickly by the trees as well.
The spraybar was an innovation,was simple,and gets used to this day by many makers and manufacturers.

Stack-Knob.

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