Hey everyone! I'm new here on TalkBass, and new to playing bass. I've played guitar for a few years, and I'm in the process of making the switch and buying my own bass. However, I've got one important question: to paint or not to paint? All of the basses I'm intrested in are of great quality, but their finishes are... not so great. In fact, they're quite ugly. My guess is that after I purchase the bass, I'll paint it over the way I want it. My question is however, if I do paint the bass over, would it change the quality/tone/playabilty of the bass? Would the paint alter the properties of the wood? So far I know that the finish of a bass protects it from humidity in the air, so I'm curious to whether or not using either spray paint, acrylics, or airplane model paint might affect that protection. If anyone has any information for me, I would GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks!