I have been reading and reading on this forum about finishing, and just when I decided what I want to do, I change my mind. And then again, and so on... I am debating between Shellac (flakes) and Tru-Oil. Just when I thought I had my mind made up on Tru-Oil due to it's supposed ease of applying and it's inexpensive, I read posts from the Shellac fans that say that it feels amazing. I have a pine esquire body. My plan was to do a blonde finish with Minwax pickling stain. I saw a few teles on this board that were done this way and they look great. Originally I was thinking of a finish coat of Tru-Oil. But I am intrigued by Shellac. On a side note, I am experimenting with the pickling stain on a couple 2x4s and I am not really thrilled with the results yet. So what are the virtues/pitfalls of Shellac and Tru-Oil. I should disclose that I do prefer a lacquer finish to poly (and I'm one of the wackos that believe it impacts the resonance of the guitar), but I am not willing (yet) to buy a spray set up and the risk of inhaling the fumes. Which would be the best suitable alternative to a thin nitro finish? I should note that I really do not care if the guitar is protected. I don't mind at all if it dents or looks worn after some use. Thanks!