Just got an SRO Vintage Badwater strat by AXL and the distressed white finish doesn't look quite like I had wanted.

I was considering either sanding off the white and repainting/refinishing, or doing something cool like burning parts of my guitar since it's only $100.

What I need to know is if this will affect the tone or playability at all. If it will, how can I avoid that and still make this thing look... better?
You can do a lot to strats that wont mess up the playability. As long as everything is superficial you can pretty much do anything. Don't harm any structural parts and go crazy!
yea theres a bunch of voodoo talk around that nitro finishes are better for tone then poly...

its a load of crap

do what you want, as long as we see it in a thread when your done
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