me and my dad talked about the possibility in the bit distant future to build a bass from scratch (a rickenbacker... don’t tell john hall!) using wood from his lumber yard of choice which he says DOES have bubinga. he’s a luthier, but mainly does guitars so he said he’ll need to buy bass building equipment for specifically the neck. but anyways, my main rickenbacker/bass influence is paul mccartney. what did paul mccartney have? a bare wood rickenbacker 4001. it looked awesome, and obviously is what i want to emulate, but bare wood is a no-go. it will undoubtedly become nasty within a month. so my question is what finish looks almost “not there”? something that’s durable but isn’t glossy or even satin-y shiny, just sort of there. if such a thing even exists. i want to feel like i’m ‘one with the wood’, glossy is nice but isn’t what i want. glossy seems to me a bit too ordinary, simply because that’s the way they usually come out of the factory. i would go with satin but satin has a bit of a shine to it and also it slowly becomes glossy over the course of several months. oil finishes usually darken up the wood and also aren’t very durable, so i’m not sure about oil either. my father uses nitrocellulose on all of his several guitars he builds, but he doesn’t go anywhere other than at home with his guitars and we all know how nitro does with time, especially when you’re on the move, though some of you like that stuff but i don’t really want it. so all of my nitpicking out of the way... what do you suggest?