My finish is a combination of French Polish and highest quality instrument grade Cardinal Nitrocellulose lacquer in gloss.
All my tops will be French polished until all the medullary rays (only found in perfectly quarter sawn tops) are filled.
Cardinal nitrocellulose lacquer is then sprayed over this for a very thin but protective finish.
Telegraphing grain lines on a top is a desirable trait in a finish (see picture below of an example of telegraphing). No telegraphing grain lines simply means that a finish is too thick.
Back, sides and necks receive grain filler and the same nitrocellulose lacquer.
Other Finishing options are:
~ French Polished top (no nitro)
~ Sunburst: - Hand rubbed (as pictured to the right)
- Sprayed (all other burst pics)
~ Top toner for aged look.
~ Satin or Matte finish