Congrats on the overhaul....
I have a blue 540R HSS that I was planning on doing a similar thing with, but couldn't face the hard slog of stripping it!
Thanks dude, I love it !
I always liked the look of the JS6 in mahogany, but it was a fixed bridge model, so not a guitar I would play !
I saw a pic of Joe with a mahogany JS
with the edge trem, but inevitably it wasn't a production model !
So I thought I'd have a go at making my own, and fortunately got good results!
If you're going to strip your 540, be prepared !!
I was just doing 1 to 2 hours every weekend, and it took the best part of 8 weeks !
I had to sand back the lacquer (quite vigorously with an electric sander) before I got to the first layer of paint.
Then I used paint stripper, but there was the main colour, a silver primer and then another layer of something (clear coat) on the wood, most of which I did by hand .... hard graft, but pleased I put the hours in.