Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Coast California
Re: how do I..............?
according to Gibson
"Distinctive finish: guitar is painted ebony, rubbed with a red filler, and sealed with a satin lacquer"
I am sure there are many ways to accomplish the finish and the method will depend on what you are comfortable with, and what kind of wood you are using.
When I have done similar finishes, I have selected a piece of wood that has well defined grain lines that are relatively deep. I then either fill the grain or paint/stain the guitar depending on the colors. Then I do the other. I have also used a tinted lacquer (say yellow or black), then sanding sealer, then sanded back to reveal the grain, the another tinted lacquer (say green) The grain ends up being are combination of the two colors.
The most important thing is to test it first. If you paint first you may fill the grain too much or maybe your grain filler will not adhere. If you stain after filler, it may color the filler. It is going to depend on the stain/paint/filler/wood combination. Take a scrap piece of wood and test through the whole process, find out if it works for you, then apply to the guitar.