i have already done some testing with acetone and spraying on some nitro with no ill effects. I went ahead with a coat of grain filler. Next up will be Behlen's vinyl sealer followed by Behlen's instrument lacquer. I also have a gold Gibson logo on the way to restore the headstock, and I think 3-on-a-plate tuners will fit the bill. I'm still on the fence about pickups (and the needed pickguard to complement the choice). Lot's of suggestions for P90's. I love P90's and have had a few guitars with them. I presently have the P Rails in this guitar which I have set up to optimize the P90 sound, so I will likely stick with this for awhile. My main concern about real P90's would be mounting them. For soapbars, I am worried the roughly-done routing job went so deep I don't have much to screw into, with the corresponding concern of going through the back. Also, because the routs are quite deep, I'd need a lot of spacer material under the pickup. If I use dogears, they would have to mount onto my pickguard (which is required to cover up the routs). While do-able, it might look a little funky mounting a dogear on top a plastic pickguard, as opposed to the usual dogear mount directly into the body.