French Polishing

I choose to French polish my guitars because it is a very thin and flexible finish and I believe the voice of the instrument is enhanced by it.  It is considered to be the most desirable finish for concert classical guitars and I think it equally suited for fine steel string guitars.

I am also influenced in my choice because of the non-toxic nature of the resins and solvent used.  The primary ingredient is shellac and the solvent is alcohol.  When applied in a well-ventilated space, there is no danger either to my health or to the environment.