Assemble before finishing?
Hi, I just got a body that I ordered. It is all routed except holes for the control switches (it has rear routed control cavity) and it has no finish yet. Should I put everything on, bridge + controls, before I go about applying a finish? This is logical to me since I'd damage the lacquer of the clear coat I will be applying if I were to wait until after finishing to put on the screws...
Also, I took it to a luthier to get some advice and what I got from that was that the top is made of lace wood so that a regular drill will damage the top. Can anyone confirm this? Also, if this is the case, won't any screws that will be applied to kee the bridge, controls, and maybe a pickguard in place also damage the wood?
How should I go about approaching this thing?