With more help from my big dad man, more time has been put into a/the reverse flame-bursted (actual fire is planned) wood scratch guard; with more specific-needs power tools. I'm just now thinking the even smaller oil particles from tung oil wouldn't actually prevent a physical pick scratching as efficiently as the ABS sheets, nitrate cellulose something whatever the olden days stuff was, or solid clear coatings would; soaking a better penetration depth. So I believe if I stain and then toast, or toast and then stain. I'll need to end up with one of these wood pieces clear coated with a solid bonding material. Urethanes of some sort. I play 4 string extra length scale basses already with pick/claw grip methods. The body and neck project will keep the tung oil idea for finish I originally had. The 4 string and 5 string brass nut slots arrived in the mail today as well. Just final scoring and finish sanding on the headstock before preparation for body staining is started. Scrap woods prepare yourselves for a staining! (Water based aniline powder stain) (/u＼); #5string #basswood #bass #goootar project is still #slowgoing Like it should be.