my new RG story
I like the SA finish. *It grew on me, I didn't like it at first.
Concerning the refinishing of the new guitar, I'd go back to GC and use their 30/30 return policy. *Order a new guitar. *You'll be sitting without a guitar while it's getting finished, and man it's a new guitar! *Kind of sucks that you've got to get a new guitar refinished.
That being said, two of my local friends do autobody work, and one of them has an oven in which the finish gets baked on. *He does some really impressive stuff with guitars, but doesn't like to do all of the prep work on the wood body, and usually paints over the existing pain job (fills in dent dings and chips though, for a smooth finish.) *Some will contest that the paint job on top of a paint job will affect the tone of the guitar.