French Polishing


This traditional varnishing technique uses a small fabric pad to rub shellac dissolved in alcohol into the wood of the guitar body.

 

Shellac is a natural thermoplastic resin made from the secretions of the lac beetle, which lives on trees in India and Thailand.

 

Compared to traditional varnish, French polishing results in a much thinner layer allowing the wood to vibrate more freely, improving the resonance of the instrument.

 

The process of French polishing also blends the finish into the wood bringing out the beautiful natural wood grain with a much more natural sheen, unlike other varnishes which sit on top of the wood.




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