Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Chicagoland, IL.
My opinion is, if you don't like the finish, scrape it then.
You found a guitar that has the vibe, just not pretty to look at.
Why not refin it?
My only concern would be that the finish plays a part in the timbre of the guitar. Aside from that, the P4's are common enough that if you don't like that you trashed it, you could buy another. Not to mention, as has been mentioned, they are the ugly ducklings of the JP series.
I also see the merit in preserving the original body and making a replacement to be swirled. EKG does great work, I'd have him make a basswood copy to be swirled, worst case scenario, you can sell off the body after it is swirled.
Up to you and your perception of the nostalgia associated with the JPM guitars.
(Yeah, kind of an ambivalent reply I guess, but I can see either side)