Ok, with very little coaxing the plastic? (I think it's plastic, it's freaking cool though) protector came off. The smegs still there. Pretty late so I'll get to that tomorrow when I have more time and light. Here is the back;
ain't that just the prettiest thing? Ha!
About the abrading, any thoughts? leave it alone? Just get the sticky stuff off and leave the scratches for history to sort out? I mean, there are not even any belt buckle dings back here. The checkering I expected is not even there.
Thanks for the help fellas! This question was the reason I joined talk bass in the first place!
Course, now I am hooked and will probably stick around a while. Learned more about an instrument I have played for 20 years in 3 days the the 20 years preceeding from a technical standpoint.