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Would FP shellac be to soft for the neck of a vihuela, would the fret gut mark it.

What finish would you recommend?

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I've been using shellac on the necks. Sometimes frets mark, and sometimes mark up the wood. I have considered it a normal event.

I also have used shellac for every neck I have made and have not had an issue with gut frets making marks. I think the kind of wood used would have as much to do with it. My vihuela has a neck of Sapelli. I also made instruments with metal frets and always use shellac for the neck because I like the feel of it. Glossy necks make my hands stick, so I don't apply as many coats to the back of the neck as I do to the back and sides.

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