that my MIA p-bass had the same coating that my MIM finish has. my mim, takes abuse and laughs at it. i;ve had it for over 6 years and still no scratchs or anything on it. ive dropped it on a few stages and never missing finish or paint or wood or anything, no dings or dents. i've had my mia for 8-9 months, i baby the hell out of it, and it has a **** load of scratchs and a few dings. sometimes, i open my case and i'm like "damn, how is this happening?" *** why cant they just use the heavy polyester coating so neurotic people like myself can be happy?