One of the final stages is the finishing. This itself is a three stage process. First a clear grain filler is applied if the wood grain is porous. This is followed by 15 to 16 coats of sanding sealer, with light sanding between every three coats. Finally 3 to 4 coats of clear top coat is applied for what will be the high gloss finish. This all done before assembly and the bridge is installed
Once the Sanding Sealer and Top Coat layers have been applied, the neck and body are thoroughly sanded. The process begins with 320 grit paper and continues to a final sand with 2000 grit wet paper.
Once the entire guitar is sanded with 2000-grit wet paper it will already have a dull shine. Flannel buffing wheels with course and then fine buffing compound brings the surface to a mirror-like finish.