Just checked your post, love what you did
Although i would probably just give it a natural finish, i can see how the 3 piece body would probably end up on your nerves. But a maple board 550 with natural finish on body and headstock, that's one i would love to have
I would consider going that route on my 450, if it had a maple board.
About the polish i'm using, i can't really give you much information on it. I asked a guy on my work that does some automobile mechanic stuff (don't know how to call it, sorry), and he gave me a bit of the polishing compound he uses on a plastic water bottle . I can tell you though that it does indeed remove scratches. Light scratches are a breeze but the deeper ones need some work on them. like, 2 hours of rubbing
I should probably get a polishing machine, the front looks pretty bad and if one deep scratch takes hours of polishing, i can't begin to imagine how much time would take to polish the front, which is in pretty bad shape.
I also bought another cheap car polish from the local supermarket, but that one seems to leave more scratches than the ones it removes... I'll try asking him the brand he gave me on monday, maybe i can give you more insight about it then.
I wish this 450's neck was a 550R, but it's a 470R and i do think it's a little bit different (although i only have this 560's neck to compare, which says 550R but i have no idea of what it has been through)
BTW, any idea if Dimarzio makes a good Alnico humbucker for the bridge?
I do not dislike the Evo, in fact i was quite fond of it with the Air Norton S on the neck, but since i decided to change the neck for an Alnico2, i was just wondering if there are any good options down that road (I love JB but i wanted to keep it Dimarzio)
And here are some pics of the polished back, although i don't think you can see much.