Re: easiest way to remove paint from a guitar?
You might find that after you've burned the body trying to get paint off evenly and sanded it out of shape you can get whatever is left off with a chemical stripper - semi paste, and let it set until it starts to dry. Whatever you do is going to alter the body some, so buckle up. I found pretty good results using a 5" random orbital sander, starting with 80 grit and progressing to 320 as the paint came off - at least on the front and back. On the sides I used a drum sander on a cordless drill - I think I used 120 then 320 grit (maybe with 220 in there, too). I was surprised at how thick the paint and clearcoat was on the RG I stripped recently, almost like a skin of plastic over the whole thing, so fair warning. Whatever you do, it will be more work than you think it will.