Re: Guitar Painting question
With paint work, you often get what you pay for. $500 doesn't sound that unreasonable, depending on what is being done.
Keep in mind that the most expensive part of a paintjob is the labor involved and the prep work. The final finish is just fancy dressing over all that work. If the guy has to do a jot of work to prep the guitar for paint (i.e. the body is full of chips and dings and needs to be stripped), $500 could be very reasonable. Make sure that you're very up front with what you want the final result to be, because that will impact the amount of work they have to do.