I am considering stripping and varnishing my bass. I've read the discussions in this forum and been to the links suggested for additional info. Great stuff! I am looking forward to this project. My bass is an older (50 years plus) German plywood that is well made and has a great tone. The problem is the old lacquer is yellowed and has not aged well. At various times in its life large areas have flaked off, the latest being almost the entire lower left side. It looks awful but sounds great. Most of the threads I have read seems to be work on newer basses that are looking for more in the sound. Of course better sound would be a benefit but I am thinking more of the looks, there is some beautiful wood that would look very nice refinished. My concern is the age of the bass and would like to know if anyone has experience with an older instrument to give me a cause to think that this may not be a good idea.