OK, I've watched you cats bat around the question of vintage axes and what they're worth (or not). This is NOT what I'm asking about. I dig vintage axes. Let's get that out of the way. I just got a 59 P here. It's got some wear on the body. It sounds HUGE and plays great. I'd like to keep it. But.... It's ugly. It's was stripped and stained brown a long time ago and it just hurts to look at. (Original tort guard, btw). So, I really want to refin it. Not sure of the color, but that doesn't matter. This bass sounds sooooo good -- and I don't want to do anything that might affect the tone. Anybody here have DIRECT knowledge of a refin affecting tone? By that, I mean, if you had a bass that you refinned yourself (or paid someone else to do it) and you got it back, did it change the tone at all? Please, I don't want to hear about Eddie Van Halen's guitar back in the late 70s and all that -- I want to hear YOUR story about YOUR axe and what the differences before and after were. Thanks.