I might purchase an SX fretless jazz bass w/a maple neck & alder body that's painted sunburst. I HATE sunburst! I would like to strip the paint & possibly have the body stained walnut, if Adler can lend itself to being stained medium brown. (Mid-70s I had a precision bass that was walnut, had a black pickguard & maple neck. Best color combo ever!)
I'd start with a chemical stripper to get off as much as you can, then switch to 80-grit discs on an orbital sander to get down to bare wood. I'd personally take the wood up to 320 grit (80, 150, 220, 320) after sanding, before staining/dying.
I once painted a rusty blades of an old art-deco fan. Later I decided to sell the fan back to the antique store where I bought it, so I tried stripping the paint with paint remover purchased @ Cas-Quest. The paint just got gummy & I couldn't get much off. I ultimately had to repaint it the same color.
Is there a type of stripper recommended for guitar paint & clear coating?