Here's my modest contribution to this thread, my good old workhorse:
Used to be "Vampire Kiss" color, but I ate some garlic and that kiss never happened... So I sanded that color down to forget the deception and restained and varnished the basswood hidden underneath. Then a couple of my favourite musicians graced the guitar with their signatures
I also added a test pickguard, all crooked and out of shape, but very thick (3/8")... That was longtime ago (almost 10 years), but I never had time to do another version of it
Maybe this winter I will...