I'm in the process of refinishing what was
a Jem 777sk.
I've decided on the typical colored stain / thick lacquer finish, but have a few questions on how to arrive at it.
The body is, of course, basswood, which I've taken down to bare. There isn't a hint of paint nor undercoat anywhere left. I even cleaned out the tremolo cavity. That wasn't fun.
And all that effort compels me to try to get this right.
I have a water-based stain from my local paint store that was mixed to precisely the color I want.
1: Are these off-the-shelf woodstains really appropriate for this type of finish? Does it matter?
It's a Minwax water-based stain, FWIW. What's the real difference between this and a dye?
2: Should I use a grain filler on the bare wood before applying the stain? I've read conflicting opinions on this. Basswood is soft, I know, and would filling the grain allow a finer control of the staining process?
Sorry for the newbie questions. Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks.
PS I have the ReRanch and project guitar sites bookmarked already.