Jeff, Arnold, Bob and any other luthiers whom I might have missed. I recently deglossed the neck of my Strunal and refinished it with boiled linseed oil. I am considering completely refinishing my bass (for all the obvious reasons). I have good wookworking/finishing skills and am aware of the differences between the various types of finish. I noticed on Arnold Schnitzer's page that he uses oil varnish on his basses (not spirit varnish, shellac, or lacquer). My question is... what finish do you use on your basses? I'm also curious what factors go into your finish choices and what products/recipes, including tinting agents, you use (if you choose to share them). I know the thick nitro lacquer on my bass can't be helping the tone. I know sound is what's important. Call me vain but I think the current finish looks cheesy. I know that some would dissuade me from the project. But I enjoy this kind of work and am going to keep this bass for the foreseeable future. Thanks for any information you can give me.