Refinished a formerly purple Tune Bass Maniac a couple of months ago and just got it back from the luthier for some electronics work I had done. I sanded it down (stripping did nothing - the finish was hell to get through) and refinished it with an oil/urethane mix finish. The finish job was a little sloppy in parts, but it turned out fine overall. Really makes the black hardware and pickups stand out nicely. I decided to leave the neck alone for a couple of reasons: a. I like the contrast of the dark headstock b. I am arrestingly anal when it comes to necks, so I really didn't want to mess with the finish on the back of the neck. Plus, even though it's painted (*shudder*), it plays quite smoothly. It's a crime that anyone would actually paint over wood grain such as this.