Just wondering what folks have used other than the typical blonde lacquer like the stuff you can get from Reranch, to give their Tele an authentic, or close to, blonde finish. I bought some Wattyl Wood Gel in Honey oak, as I thought it looked pretty close to the honey blonde finish on the Special Run Highway 1 Teles. There's one in my local guitar store, and I really liked the colour and satin finish of it. However, having applied it to a test piece, it's not at all close, and not what I'm after. I wanted to do a dye finish, because I don't really have the facilities, skills, or patience to spray lacquer myself, but want to finish the body myself. So, what alternatives are there?