silly and all as It sounds I've not really figured out if its primarily an electric or acoustic instrument.
if its the former I'd go with a blue stain/tinted shellac finish, if the latter possibly clear.
I'll wire up the pickup this evening to see how it works...
Engleman spruce I used for the top is strange - seems to have very loose fibres for want of a better word - I did this with masking tape! It’s obviously strong, but flakey.. hopefully the seal coat will help pull it together
I’m planning to make a pickguard from scraps of mahogany left from the back in any case
Yeah, I’ve less issues with damaged caused as a result of my own stupidity, as opposed to trying to protect the timber! It’s very light coloured, so should be able to fill with a tiny bit of light filler