Electrostatic "Charging"

Monday, April 1, 2013
By: Bob Taylor


Question: I recently took the factory tour and enjoyed it. The electrostatic “charging” of the guitar to attract the [finish] intrigued me. Since wood is an insulator and not a conductor of electricity, how can you charge the guitar body? Is the little moisture left in the wood enough for the charge? -- David G


Answer: Yes, David, it’s the moisture in the wood that makes it conductive. There’s also another trick. There is a conductive spray we apply to the guitar that has almost no thickness. It’s whisper thin, and we put it on the wood itself before the first coat. After that we spray on top of the last coat without the conductive spray, so the water in the wood is doing most of the work. 

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