But I love it! Years ago, this started off as your typical Fender Mike Dirnt P bass, nice and glossy with white pick guard and that classy "tuxedo" look. That didn't last long! It stayed like that until I dropped it at an outdoor gig onto the concrete years ago. A sad little hunk of finish wen flying and this bass has gone through the ringer seemingly on an annual basis ever since. One thing I never cared for was the lack of body contour. So I did what any reasonable person would do - I cut one in with a sawzall. Next I painted the PG (after carefully taping the edges to keep the white border) for that black on black look. Some time later I turned it into a P/J with a matched Dimarzio set (volume / volume controls only) and replaced the badass with a vintage style bridge. It stayed like that for quite a while, but recently I thought I might give it the stealth treatment and rub the glossy out into a matte finish. Once I had it disassembled I though what the hey, let's beat it up and give it a bit of relic....so out came the sandpaper, brillo pads, and shoe polish. But not until I tossed the body around the unfinished basement and back porch for a bit. I know this look isn't for everyone, but I am more than pleased the way it turned out! It was also a lot of fun to do as well. Whaddya think?