I have an old Hohner fretless (http://brooks.envy.nu/Hohner/index.htm) bass. Finish on it was pretty bad, with lots of dings and bumps, and since I decided to try and learn how to do inlays, I thought that it would make a suitable 'victim'. My question is, what is the right sequence? I want to put binding and purfling around the body edges and F-holes, inlay on fingerboard and headstock etc. However, I am planning to finish the body in transparent red. Should I stain the wood and then use clear over it? Should I get some kind of a lacquer (polyurethane, polyacryllic etc) that is already stained? When should I apply the finish in relation to the inlays/binding? Also, the top edges are not at 90 degrees, because the top is carved like on a PRS. How should I handle binding in a situation like that? Raise it higher, so that the back edge aligns with the higher part of the top and then sand it down at an angle so that the outside edge is where it should be or... ? Thanks in advance!