Hi all Long time creeper, infrequent poster, and finally starting my own Tele build with a question I haven't really found an answer to. Please try to follow me as I spell out what I'm attempting to do. I have a swamp ash body (rough-sawn which I used a rasp and sand paper to make tummy & fore-arm contours which turned out ok) and what I'm attempting to do is use a couple different colors of Stains (I don't think I need to use a grain filler but if I do there's this) on the wood, sanding, and what not, to get the desired color/effect (Kinda like this video or this video). Well after stain and sealing the grain, one would usually spray the wood with nitro or shellac or something. In one of the videos, the guy actually uses shellac then Tru-Oil, I believe I watched that correctly... Anyway, what I'm getting at is, is there a way to go straight from the stain to the Tru Oil or a similar kind of treatment without smudging/smearing/etc... see I don't want the wood to get sealed if it's at all possible. I'd like to see if there's a way to let it breathe... and for that matter does Tru Oil allow the wood to breathe? Is this just utter foolishness? I am prepared to hear that it very well could be! I read somewhere that Stradivarius used some combination of 20 minerals and oils when he made his instruments, and while I know that's a lofty idea, I was just wondering if anyone did anything like that, if there were other methods that may not be as durable as Polyester finishes, or yellow like Nitro is said to do over time. Something that allows to wood to age properly, breathe, possibly sound better over time? I'm experimenting... I've got my new toy (neck for Christmas to go with the body I've had for a while) and I'm like Frankenstein over here. Maybe even Young Frankenstein. Anywho, any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm leaving in the morning, so if I don't respond right away it's only because I'll be at 30-50,000 feet). Thank you all for all the posts collected here and in advance for any responses!