I have used blond, amber and garnet. I do a lot of my work in cherry. Sometimes walnut with maple as a contrast. Generally speaking, I really like the color I get on cherry with garnet shellac. So does my wife. As such, I tend to use more garnet shellac at this point than the others. In reality, what I have found is that I need to look at a piece 6 months to a year after I have finished it. In that timeframe, the wood has further undergone its natural shading so that I get a better idea of how the shellac and wood combo color looks. Again, I like garnet shellac but amber is quite nice as well.