I just viewed this guitar on Mark's website .. yep, she's got a pretty significant crack around one of knobs already and the guitar is brand new ... if a new lacquer formulation is being used it's strange that Gibson said absolutely nothing about it ...This is from Mark's Guitars on the beautiful Guitar of the Week.
" NOTE: It appears that Gibson is now using harder lacquer with less plasticizers which is great news!"
Why would anyone complain about beautiful nitro checking? Gibson still offer gloss so get a horrible poly shiny fake plastic looking gloss finish
Hopefully the finish is as hard as it was in the 50s so it checks just like the originals at pace !!
hopefully they fade as well.
Not a defect or blemish. Checking etc is just a natural fact with old nitro. The only way to separate “old school” nitro from checking is to alter the formula. Those alterations carry different undesirable consequences.
It’s better to learn to love the checking. Or get into the modern “ poly dipped thick” Epiphone finishes. Those won’t check.
One factor may be the wood used in the good ole days. It was probably not kiln dried but air dried over a long period time. This makes the wood very stable. All the emphasis on humidification these days is because of the kiln dried wood used now. I know many original owners of vintage guitars who have never used a humidifier. They probably didnt even exist back then like they do now.