For me, the hardest part about building a guitar is the finish, and the hardest part about the finish is the waiting game that comes between the final coats of clear coat and level sanding.
Tom Petty, you old prophet. The waiting is the hardest part.
I shoot guitars exclusively in nitrocellulose lacquer. This is not because I am a purist, but primarily because I know nitro and I’ve become accustomed to its quirks (and smell). I would probably shoot them in some sort of UV cured pre-catalyzed finish if I had the gear, time and expertise.
But what about that backside?
This is a pretty terrible cell phone picture of the back, and this wasn’t the final coat, but you get the idea. A few coats of red mahogany clear and a faint tobacco brown burst to wrap into the front. For the record, I know it sounded like I was thinking of using paint to cover up flaws in an earlier post, but this was always going to be a burst even before routermageddon.
Now I just have to repeat the words “don’t touch it” to myself twenty times a day for the next two weeks and I just might have something.