I guess I’ve progressed a bit and neglected to post.
All three guitars were fretted, sanded, pore filled where needed, and coated with shellac prior to finishing.
I bought an HVLP gun. My finish is KTM9 waterborne lacquer. Cleaned up the basement and added some plastic sheeting to make my spray booth bigger. Then gave it a shot. first time using a spray gun.
5 coats of a 50% lacquer 50% alcohol mix. Then I had to drop fill these nasty little divots.
Took longer than expected. Some trial and error on spraying, then how much to drop fill. I was hoping to finish before I left town for two weeks, but that didn’t happen. I should be sanding and doing more (and the last) coats the first guitar soon. Then followed by the next two. Then on to bridges while the finish cures for two weeks before I can wet sand.
Here is where I left them before I left town a couple weeks ago.