So I've been playing electric bass since I was a kid, but I finally picked up my first upright recently. It's a ~10 year old German bass that's been set up to play rockabilly. I'm a bluegrass player myself (have been borrowing and renting uprights for the past year or two), and I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do to tailor it to my needs. However, the main issue I'm having is that the bass has been painted. Yeah.... Krylon spray paint.... The PO took his time with it, but I'd still much rather have it just be a nice dark stain. So what's the best way to restore her dignity? I plan to sand very carefully, but should I be concerned about sanding the sides too thin? Also, once it's down to bare wood, what's the best stain and finish to use? Is Minwax a crime? Should I get Shellac from Stewart MacDonald? I'd like to have it black but still able to see some wood grain. The bass sounds great and I'm sure it'll sound even better once the paint is gone and there's a wooden bridge on it rather than the lexan one that's on it currently. I just want to make sure I do it right. Any advice? On a different note, the bass came with a K&K Rockabilly Plus pickup. I'd like to eliminate the fingerboard part of the pickup and just keep the piezo part. Any harm in doing this? Should I just trade it for a different one?