Hi All, I'm refinishing a Les Paul top. Thought some of you might be interested in the process. I'll be posting lots of pix and info along the way. This top will be changed to a "Lemon Drop" colour scheme. Here is the guitar stripped of hardware. Next shot is in the middle of scraping the lacquer off. Now if any of you had seen my ES-335 video of the rubbery lacquer refinish, let me just say that this lacquer was not like that at all....it wasn't exactly crystaline, but it wasn't too rubbery either. I used a rectangular scraper to remove the lacquer. But first I resharpened it with a mill file and a diamond sharpening stone to get a nice clean, sharp square edge. I did not burnish the edge or bend a hook on it. This simple yet formidable tool took the lacquer off in very short order, maybe 15 minutes of work. I flex the scraper with my thumbs and hook my fingers around the corners. You don't want the corners of the scraper digging into the top. Also, you have to be careful around holes and cavities, you can easliy end up with an adjacent "ditch" if you scrape over a hole or cavity. It takes a bit of practice. Here I'm demonstrating on a scrap peice of wood. But I'm comfortable with this tool, and I'll only use a chemical stripper as a last resort. Now I move to my random orbit palm sander loaded with 220 grit paper, and sand the top. Notice that I have my shopvac hose attached to the sander. I stayed clear of the fretboard edge binding because the edge of the sandpaper would cut a groove into it. Also, I'm very careful not to change the shape of the top. You have to be careful not to round the edge of the body over (where the binding is), or create any flat spots etc. I taped the fingerboard binding off with electrical tape so that I can hand sand right up to the corner without touching the binding. The whole top was hand sanded with 280 grit garnet paper using a flexible foam rubber backing pad. That's all for today.