Hello everyone!

I am new to these forums so first off I wanted to say hey!

On to the question... I am considering building a guitar, but it would be my first ever build from scratch. What I want to build essentially a replica of the ESP MX 250 in a white finish. My main issue right now is figuring out how to properly prep a wooden blank for paint, and a good way to actually paint it.

Aside from that I plan on putting in the Hetfield EMG pick-ups which are very simple to install, and as for hardware I haven't looked into it yet.

Thank you guys!