I laid down the shellac (I mix my own) today and after a long enough time for a hard set, laid on the first coat of lacquer. I usually do 3. I sand a little bit in between each coat.
If I can lay down coats 2 & 3 tomorrow, I may be able to make & install the bone saddle and bridge, and the tuners, on Sunday. Then stringing up and setting up, tweaking, and playing in begins.
I love this color. It makes new Spruce look seasoned and deep, and brings out the grain of the walnut.