Not been around on here for a while; basses have been taking a back seat to my ongoing (and all consuming) synth passions. Anyway, I polished off a couple of banjos and started noodling about. It didn't take long for GAS to kick in, the upshot being I'm now the proud owner of a late 70's/early 80's Yamaha BB1200. A nice new addition to my modest Japanese collection (Aria Pro II SB1000, SB900, Westone Thunder 1A). Back to the title of the thread... What are you guys and gals opinions on restoring/refinishing instruments? I know most folks wouldn't attack a 50's P Bass etc. with a tin of Nitromors but does a refinish (in as close to original spec as possible) always have a negative impact on long term value? I get the whole 'roadworn' thing although I'm not a fan myself (Most of my basses, come to think of it ALL my basses are 'naturally' roadworn to a greater or lesser degree!), I like the boxfresh look but thats just a personal choice. Like so many of those Matsumoku era instruments time hasn't been kind to the original lacquer finish with cracks and chips in the obvious places. (The SB1000 has fared better than the SB900 and the Westone has already been butchered with non standard electronics and a woeful refinish that looks like someone applied the lacquer with a long stick...Through the letterbox)So would that original now nasty lacquer still be preferable over a refinished guitar? My pal has a '79 hardtail strat in natural with the milky lacquer and I notice original 'milky's' and commanding good money, considering the era they were born. Pics to follow if anyones interested and let me hear your thoughts.