I'm also a fan of Minwax products. I never use a conditioner on hardwoods either.
You can use a pre-conditioner which is usually some diluted shellac, but test it on a scrap of the maple first. Generally hardwoods do not really need a pre-conditioner. You can use a Minwax golden oak stain if you would like. Again, test it first to see how it looks. I used a golden oak stain on a maple banjo rim. It came out very well. I did not use a conditioner.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hi friends! I am at the point in my new project to think about how I want to finish this dulcimer; The top is maple, with the rest cherry.
I think I would like the maple top a more golden color (i.e., golden oak) and leave the cherry natural.
What type of wood stain is best/recommended for the soundboard?
updated by @bob: 11/25/16 05:35:48PM