Didn't know what I was going to find underneath all of that poly, blue paint, and-the brick wall-sanding sealer. God that stuff is tough. Anyway, a very nice 3 piece basswood body. I was all set to do some kind of creative paint rub thing, but I really can't bring myself to put paint on it. The three pieces are remarkably well matched, somehow. The grain is pretty. Ed Roman wrote that you couldn't really do a natural on basswood because it's so ugly, but I think I'm going to have to do tru oil. When wet, it turns a deep, dark red color. What do you guys think?