Hey guys. Long time lurker. This page is full of friendly and knowledgeable members, so I am hoping a few of you would be so kind to guide me on staining and finishing. I do have a paint and poly finish job under my belt that turned out great. This will be my first stain project. I am going with Reda dye because I like the vibrancy of the blue (unless you all think that is a mistake), as it seems like an affordable solution to mixing colors. Top will be blue ( I want vibrant), may leave the back natural, perhaps just a light wash of amber dye? I would love some some input on other finishes besides poly. Poly was a pain in my arse on my last finish job, too soft and long cure time. So maybe shellac? Hand rubbed oil finish? My guess is that nitro would green the blue over time. But what are some options besides poly? Body will arrive tomorrow finished at 220 grit. I have watched videos on staining maple tops. I think I have the technique down, and I will practice on some scraps. Prep and finish I am not 100% on at the moment. I would love some input.