Okay, I want a good Jazz Bass in green, and my plan is to buy a Squier VM, somehow get the coating off, stain it in green, and reapply some sort of varnish.

Can UG help with
A) Getting the finish off, paint stripper or sander or something else
B) Will I need to take out the electronics or just mask them and
C) How do you coat a guitar?

Thanks guys!
definately for the building and customizing forum. For the record, IMO finish work is by far the hardest type of customization you can do to instrument, ( I'd even rather reshape/reroute an instrument body) well it's easy to do, but very hard to make it look good. As delirium said, practice, practice, practice and look at that faq.