#1
Is it necessary to apply any sort of grain filler to a basswood, ibanez specifically.
i heard that you don't have to on certain types of wood.
what are the consequences if i don't?

oh and while i'm at it.
whats the best way to get paint off a neck without messing up the shape?
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#2
I don't think you need to add filler since it's a closed grained wood. it'll just soak up a bunch of finish.
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