I've just started a 72 deluxe build. 2nd time finishing a body with tru oil and first time I've attempted to dye the wood first. Using a water based aniline dye. It looks very dark in the photo but it's more of a kind of dark walnut. I've raised the grain twice, and will probably give this a very light going over again with a fine scotch brite pad before starting the tru oil. It may get another coat of dye depending on how it looks in the morning. The first join line is my concern is very noticeable and the scratchplate will only cover some of it. I'm guessing there's not much I can do but interested in any tips you clever people might have? Quite excited about it either way, it's getting p90s and an outrageous flamed maple neck I picked up for next for nothing on Facebook marketplace.