You might investigate using lacquer used by cabinet makers who build and install cabinets in new homes--they often finish on site. I haven't used it on guitars but I use model paint based on this material for building scale models. It's a very fast drying lacquer that helps reduce dust in the finish because it dries so quickly that the dust doesn't stick. If it dries too fast (leaves orange peel and powdery residue on the surface) a little retarder will lengthen the open time and allow it to be applied very smoothly. Too quick drying is a particular problem here in Arizona, where ambient humidity is often in the single digits (I humidify the house constantly all year around until the daily later summer monsoon rains). It also allows very thin coats. I can't speak to how it will hold up on guitars but on models it survives a lot of handling without problems. I know that a gloss overcoat is available as the basic material I use dries satin--but that's just the mix formulated for models. Cross linkage between layers is excellent since the solvent will "melt" the coats together.
It's solvent based so good personal protection is a must--mask and goggles, good room ventilation.
If you have a home cabinet maker in your area, I'd suggest getting in touch and finding out where they get their finishing materials, then follow up with the supplier or manufacturer.
Others with real experience with this material should chime in!
The finish I am talking about is a nitro lacquer of some kind. It may be used for built in woodwork in homes where the risk of dust contamination is the highest, rather than in a shop, where there's more environmental control (at least, theoretically).
Like the guitar, Larry. It's unique and fun.
I also like the list of things learned. I can particularly identify with "Measure a few more times, dummy". I should write this on the insides of my glasses.
Sorry, ANDREW, a mind is a terrible thing to waste and I guess mine is wasted. The truth is that I have to look at my drivers license every morning to know who I am.
I can get that from a PHIONE??? I just use ink hash marks on my forearm to keep track.
"write this on the insides of my glasses"
Ned, all that achieves is the guarantee that you will lose your glasses.
Na, I don't see that well with them although it's completely possible that I will get up from the computer and forget to change to my "regular" glasses.
Looks great Andrew!