So my project is a laminated pine body with a thin poplar top, and I have just finished sanding it with 220 and am sastisfied with the overall shape. I just wanted to run through my plan and have the more experienced builders let me know if it seems to be the right way to tackle it. Because I used pine, the back and sides have several mars, knot cracks etc. I was going to fill them with minwax wood filler and sand down to 220 grit once filled. recheck to make sure I didn't miss anything and the begin applying the finish. Do I need a sealer with this wood type? Or can I go ahead and stain the "mar-free" poplar top. Then after the staining (and sealing, if needed), I was going to do black for the back and sides, feathering it into the top. My next question was, should I use black lacquer, or black paint.... I intend on using lacquer clear coats over top everything anyway, so should the black be lacquer? Does it matter? Then will come the clear coat and finally the buffing/polishing. Am I missing anything? Thanks fellas.