Originally Posted by Gotone
There seems to be a lot of myths out there saying that lacquer finishes lets the wood breath and resonate more than poly. IMHO you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Lacquer will check faster and provide a reliced finish over time where poly won't. Lacquer adds to the cost of the guitar because it's a lengthier process over a poly finish, which nowadays is UV cured. If lacquer is not applied correctly, you can expect to have a sticky guitar until it cures properly, especially noticeable on the neck. My '52 Tele took 1-1/2 years to stop being sticky leaving what seemed like little balls of lacquer on the neck and on my hands. I sold that off as I realized a 6120DSW blew it away tone wise. . Don't get me wrong, I like the vintage appeal of lacquer like everyone else., but poly can and does look just as good and is more durable.
I have a 6120DSW and a 6120TM both in poly. I've played a 6120-1959LTV and from a looks perspective on that new guitar I can't tell the difference. As a matter of fact my DSW has what looks more like a lacquer finish in a certain light than the 6120-1959LTV with a lacquer finish.
Thanks Gotone. Sounds like you're happy with your 6120DSW. I'm sure I will be too. I just wish they offered one in lacquer for a couple of hundred more, you know what I mean. The 6120RHH is a good $700 more.