Here at Thompson we also offer a ‘hand rubbed’ satin finish. We process all our guitars with nitro-cellulose lacquer and do not use ‘satin’ lacquer. The final application used on our ‘hand rubbed’ satin finish is a thin layer of wax during the rubbing process that provides our guitars with a silky texture and soft sheen. It helps protect the finish in order to rub out any small imperfections after the final set-up. We also use a this same process on all our necks to have your hand glide easily up and down the neck.