I got this kit from John Hall at Blues Creek. Built it this winter in the wood shop and on my trailer patio in an rv park in Harlingen, Tx. 8 or 9 thin coats of Tru-Oil, some level sanding every two or three coats, and a little steelwooling. It has a nice semi-gloss look. Strung it up today and it sounds very good. When the sound improves with playing, it will be just what I want in sound for fingerpicking and blues.