Bill Nash guitars,





Year 2004..... At the time, he was working solo in the basement of his house, taking custom orders from individual clients and creating dedicated web pages with images documenting every stage in the building process for each guitar. Bill was playing in local bands, working in music stores and modifying or customizing his own guitars, and like a lot of us, he was perpetually amazed by how how much time and effort were often required to make new guitars truly playable in the ‘70s and '80s. By the mid ‘80s, Nash slowly began buying and selling used gear and making a few guitars while working his day job from home. It wasn’t long before his guitars caught on with knowing players, the word spread, and Nash’s love for the guitar bloomed into a new life as a very successful guitar builder.

some answers in an interview :

if you build a guitar for one person and it doesn’t meet that person’s expectations for any reason, you have a problem. It isn’t necessarily that the guitar isn’t a great piece or that there is something ‘defective’ with it… But if you have a guy who has saved some money and has always had a dream guitar in his mind and waits six months to get it built, and it isn’t exactly (and I mean exactly) what he thought it would be, there is disappointment there, and we have missed our goal. If I build a guitar, ship it to a dealer, and 25 people play it, one of those 25 people is gonna feel like, “Oh my gosh, this is the guitar I’ve been waiting for all my life.” Now everyone wins – we win, the dealer wins, and most importantly, the player wins. We can all agree what a sonic blue guitar looks like when it’s brand new. But if you have an idea of an aged sonic blue guitar with a certain yellowing in the clear coat… This is all very emotional, too. Painting and using nitrocellulose lacquer, whichis the only lacquer we use, is the hardest part of the equation, but since we are building guitars that are going to be distressed,you’re able to cut some of that process out, and it’s why we don’t make any ‘new’ looking guitars  anymore. The thing about nitro is that depending on the humidity and temperature, the mix is constantly changing. You need to thin it. Sometimes you want to slow the drying time, other times you want to speed it up, and the different pigments all change the way the paint flows. The white pigments, which are made of titanium, react differently than the black pigments, so there is a little bit of an art to the mixing, because we hand mix all those colors. I think one of the mistakes people make with lacquer is the tendency or need to rush it. If you’re shooting thin coats of real nitro for a new guitar, you’re going to need 12-15 coats depending on the day you’re shooting it, and it takes about six hours for each coat to dry. Nitro dries from the outside/in and a skin forms on the top. Well, if you put more lacquer on that first skin before it is dry, you wind up with two skins. It feels dry in 45 minutes, but it isn’t. It can take a long time for the lacquer to really dry First of all, I think anyone who owns a guitar should be willing to tinker with it – take their guitar apart and experiment. Go for it. To me, a ‘52 Tele is a Volkswagon… You wanna put weird fenders on it or turn it into a dune buggy, have at it. But… I have still not found that any of that stuff makes as big a difference as having a decent piece of wood for the body, a good neck, and very little finish. If you’re adding all that designer hardware to a guitar finished in poly, I think you’re just spending good money after bad.


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