Most guitar players want instruments with a high gloss finish. Nitrocellulose lacquer is the traditional finish for the best guitars. It is durable and unlike some other finishes, it can be repaired later. Oil, poly, and water-based finishes are also used, but the ‘king of finishes’ is solvent-based nitro lacquer. Using lacquer carries with it the responsibility of safety and environmental consideration. All Dogwood guitars have a sprayed on, high gloss nitro finish using a special instrument lacquer that is less brittle than standard lacquers. Spraying is very much a learned art, and getting flawless gloss finishes takes a lot of preparation and patience. See a Monarch go through the finish process in the gallery below.