I am getting ready to start another build, this time more involved. I’m starting with a naked ash body and a Maple neck and I want to keep the natural ash grain and simply clear coat the neck. Then I will finish it off with a Tortoise pick guard kind of like the model made by G&L. After watching video after video regarding natural guitar finishes, I am down to making the decision between Tru Oil and wipe-on poly. I’ve already prepped the neck, rounded the frets and polished them so I have the frets masked off and it’s ready to go. The body should be in early next week. What has been your experience with hand rubbed finishes? It appears they turn out pretty nice if you have the time and patience. I’ve got the time and I’m working on the patience. One of the videos I watched incorporated a mix of 50% high gloss polyurethane and 50% mineral spirits. Then he applied numerous coats lightly resurfacing with 0000 steel wool between coats and finally buffing the body to a mirror finish. The neck will be less gloss as I will dress the back of the neck with steel wool when finished to create a satin finish. BTW, the neck is all Maple and I plan to finish the finger board. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I will begin posting pictures as soon as the real work gets under way.