A guy here in town has a bass that I have watched him play almost ALL of the paint off of. The thing sounds great. I thought it sounded that way from the first time I heard it. I asked him about it and he said while he was on the road with it the volume pot went out just before a gig and he bypassed both volume and tone pot. Just full tone and volume all the time. Any one have any experience with this at all? Do the caps change the sound even when the pot is maxed out? I am dot a fan of the relic fad, but honest wear makes my chonie bologna swell up a bit. About the only place on his bass that still has paint on it is below the pick guard. The rest is just polished up from use with paint specks here and there.