Hi, everyone! I recently bought a new old one Strat of 1977 production year. It looks well, it play solid and rock, excellent guitar, the best one I ever played. But there is one issue: I acquired this guitar to recreate one of the most known Strats in the world: Ritchie Blackmore's White Strats! (his '77 Strat, to be precious) You might know, that pickups, tuners and pickguard are already deployed onto '77 to fit RB' requirements, but there is one stop-point — it color! My Strat currently has an original natural finish, with a ve-e-e-ery thick poly lacquer cover. It is so thick and soft that you can easily scratch it with a nail. That's the question: if I take off this vintage coat and refinish Strat with modern paint and lacquers, will it ruin my Strat and its sounding? Lowered value of refinished guitar is not a problem for me, this Strat is not going to be sold. Never! Thank you in advance!