So I mostly play electric, trying to learn jazz. For some reason, mainly because I don’t have one, I got the bug for a half decent acoustic. I went to my local store thinking to try an Alvarez they had in stock. As luck would have it that one was gone but with more on the way. I decided to try the other new instruments but they weren’t solid wood and the tone was lacking to my ears. The store owner then brought out a 1989 Gibson J-30 which was priced just a bit more than that Alvarez. Despite old strings (annoying to be sure) it had what the others lacked. He also let me try a 1950 J-50. Yeah that one was better but not proportional to the cost difference. My wife, who I dragged along, gave me the nod so it came home with me. It has a few battle scars but sounds and plays great! A question about the dings. Is that a poly finish on this? It could be judging by the way the paint flakes when damaged. Is it advisable to touch up the defects? I’m thinking that maybe I could use something different like a shellac based paint that could be removed later without damaging the rest of the finish. Any thoughts?