Robert Anderson - Luthier
Fine Hand-built Acoustic Guitars, Violins and Bows
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.