#1
If you look at the heritage cherry on the Gibson SG Standard you can still kind of see the wood grain. I have painted a guitar before and I was wondering if you had to do anything different to be able to see the wood grain.
#2
you use a stain and not a paint
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#3
Yeah use a wood dye isntead of a paint. The painting process can be a slight bit different dependign what base dye you use.