[ varnishes ]Musical instruments made of wood must be protected from excessive damage due to aging, humidity and wear. Through the course of time, various different surface treatments have been developed and introduced.
- Alchemy – Oil and wax were followed by complicated, secret concoctions.
- French Polish – Made from the secretions of the lac insect, the varnish that revolutionised wood finishing in the middle of the 18th century
- Synthetic Lacquer – Do water- or heat-proof lacquers necessarily fulfil the rather special requirements of the guitar maker?