I've been looking into refinishing my '79 Jazz Bass for a while now. I don't want to shell out several hundred bucks for a pro job since that will be more than the bass is worth, and I've decided to do it myself. I'm looking for tips and suggestions from those who've done this themselves. This bass had already been refinished before I got it, from Olympic White to an odd shade of light red with a bit of sparkle in it (not exactly my ideal choice of colors). I'm looking at black or a medium shade of blue (not necessarily factory color options). I know lots of sanding will be involved, but as far as the repainting/finishing process, I'm not sure of the full extent of what's involved. I'm also looking at going without a pickguard, and filling in the screwholes from the existing black one. Any tips for how to properly do that will also be appreciated.