Hi! Got the paint stripped off without too much effort - and damage! I left a small area with paint around the inked serial number... To my shame I must confess that I chickened out on the refinish and went to see a luthier in Stuttgart. Being a very nice man, he agreed to repair the damaged areas, respray the beast in aged white NITRO and dress the frets - all for a fairly reasonable amount of money. He reconed that I can pick her up in about 6 weeks, which will give me time to find a new bridge (Schaller or Badass copy - what's better?) and some push/pull pots - looking forward to putting her back together .