80 percent of sound is from the pickup. Any change in the guitars overall sound based off the finish is pretty much negligible. It may or may not improve sustain, but no one ever really agrees on anything related to sounds these days.
Yes, I know that is the popular consensus, and what I maybe should have asked about, or the word I should have used in place of "sound", is "FEEL". If you read "feel' where I wrote "sound", the rest of this makes more sense, I think.
It just seems to me that guitars with "less" finish tend to be more interactive from an overall sensory view, amplified or not. I have a few axes that I can compare such things with, that are the same models but differing finishes, RG321/421 models and SZ models with both natural mahogany and full gloss finishes. The natural, oil-finished wood models, throw more vibes; they just seem to "feel" more or communicate with me more, IMHO. I am having a tough time getting this into words, but maybe it makes sense to some of you anyway.
What I really hoped to get was first-hand opinion from someone who had one type finish on their axe and changed it into the other, and I knew that hoping the OP would actually answer that after almost 10 years was asking a bit much, but ya never know.
I may have to introduce this as a new thread question and get some of the DIY/Re-fin aficionadi to get into the convo, as well. But first, I guess I should figure out how to convey my thoughts in words that make sense.