Decided I should start a thread showing my first attempt at refinishing an old bass. This is a Godin Freeway 4 string bass that was my main gigging bass for about 4 years and has definitely seen better days. Since this mid level bass holds a special place in my heart, I figured it would be better to try and refinish it since the total cost of the project will be less than its resale value. First step was stripping all the stickers, gunk, and grime off chemically. After a few attempts to strip the finish I have given up and decided to sand it by hand down to the bare(hopefully nice looking) silver leaf maple underneath. It took about two days to sand the bass down to bare wood.... a total of about 8 hours using 60, 120, 220, and 300 grit paper. I was pleased to see that the top is of decent quality except for a few stress cracks which I decided to fill and clamp overnight. Next will be the staining process. I'll attach a few photos of the sanding process.