I like this bass, but the thick black painting on the back of neck is too sticky and looks cheap. So after debating whether to refinish or not (and after asking others' opinions on TB), I decided to go ahead and refinish the neck. It was my very first neck refinish project, so I was hoping it would go well. And so far, it is going well (I think...). I wanted to make the neck look more customized, so I used masking tape to covered areas where I wanted to keep the black paint and to protect the side of fingerboard with dot markers. Then I applied paint stripper. What resulted was this. close-up of the heel And the headstock With the neck on the body, it looks like this So now, I am going to apply semi-gloss poly finish on the back of the neck. After several coats, I will use 0000 steel wool to make more satin finish. Will post more pics once I finish coating the neck. By the way, I'd like to tint the neck so it won't be that white. What do you suggest I use? I don't think this clear semi-gloss poly will tint the neck at all. Or do you think it will look better with untinted, white neck?