Hey guys, I'm soon getting a custom build started by a local luthier, and as the title states I'm looking for ideas on the finish. I'm currently torn between two options: A sparkly solid colour with a pickguard (aka "the flashy option"); or a more sober, oil finish without a guard. My luthier can do both, but prefers oil finishes - he's done more of these and always had good results. Some data: Body wood: I'm leaning towards swamp ash, but this can change. Adding a fancy figured top is not excluded, either. Body shape will be a double cutaway. Think Chowny SWB-1 or Reverend Wattplower. Neck wood will be maple. Fingerboard will be ebony. Can be natural or coloured. Let me see what you have, maybe it'll give me some ideas! Cheers!