I know, I know- Blasphemy! Devalued by 50%! But it's my guitar, one I will never sell, and I feel qualified to perform this task. I've modified & built several guitars from kits and from scratch, using the traditional methods of finishing in nitrocellulose lacquer. This is a totally stock '64 SG Junior, an absolutely amazing sounding & playing guitar that I bought on ebay about 7 years ago. It has a lot of lacquer checking, which I was fine with, but also had many deep gouges and dents, which I finally decided to address. If I didn't already have experience with finishing guitars in lacquer, I would have lived with it, but I do, and the process has started. I'm using Citristrip orange, followed by Kleen Strip After Wash, followed by denatured alcohol. This leaves clean, bare wood. I taped off the original finish around the ink-stamped serial number before stripping, and will refinish over it to preserve the factory marking. You can see where the wood has been oxidized wherever there was a crack in the finish. Some very light sanding should eliminate that. To address the gouges & dents, I will use steam, a process I've used successfully before to raise the wood in those areas. I plan to refinish with Stew Mac Cherry red aerosol, a color that is very authentic looking on other guitars I've built, followed by vintage amber clear coats to bring back that aged look. I'll include updates as I go, through the final finished guitar; here are a couple showing the beginning steps.