Since this forum was very helpful when I asked about finishing a rosewood guitar neck, I will now try my luck once more.
I want to stain a guitar body (made from red alder) to look like this:
I've been reading a lot on different pages, but I'm still a bit confused. Right now my plan is to start with a thin layer of shellac, then stain the wood and finally apply several coats of polyurethane. How does that sound to you?
What I'm most confused about is what stain to use. I've come across oil-based stain, lacquer stain and some small bags of powder that can either be mixed in water or alcohol. What are the differences? Are they all ok to spray with polyurethane and what will you recommend?