Brynmor wrote: ↑
Fri May 19, 2017 3:25 pm
French polish is great but very very fragile.
Don't be put off a french polish finish. It is not as fragile as the scare stories would have you believe. It is just a matter of handling your guitar carefully. I have four guitars with this finish, the earliest from 2001 and I have never had a problem.
mmapag wrote: ↑
Fri May 19, 2017 6:51 pm
... Also, I wouldn't rule out french polish. While it may not be the most sturdy finish, it is the easiest and least expensive to repair...
I cannot agree and neither does Bogdanovich. In Bogdanovich's now famous article
, he states (paraphrasing) that French Polish is too fragile for a working instrument. He goes on to say that "any" modern finish applied as thinly as French Polish (low mass, ~2 mils) will have excellent sonic qualities.
My personal experience is that I cannot handle my FP guitar with such judicious care that I avoid scratches. But then, I'm a self proclaimed obtuse lumberjack more suited to chain saws and double bladed axes than French polish guitars. For me, I flunk FP care and have placed Kling-On removable golpeadors. I'm not the only one with lumberjack genes, although many may be too embarrassed to admit it. For guitarists with tenderness genes, FP is fine. Now try flamenco on a FP instrument ... Sorry guys. I didn't want to turn this discussion into a flame of FP, but a new buyer should be wary.