In past decades the increasing popularity of classical guitars has prompted an unprecedented demand for this most beautiful instrument. Many small shops converted to mass production techniques to supply consumers with affordable instruments. Since the classical guitar's finish is one of the most time consuming steps in the construction of the guitar, age old finishing techniques were discarded in favor of finishes that were faster to apply. Economic considerations had to be taken into account in order to make new instruments as affordable as possible.
Expensive labor was eliminated wherever necessary, even though there was an acoustic "price" to pay. As the popularity of classical guitars increased, it was soon discovered that guitarists were demanding better sounding, better quality guitars. Luthiers, who are always searching for the best sound in their hand-made instruments, soon discovered that there were many discerning musicians who were willing to pay the extra cost for French polished guitars.