I decided to stain this a blood red, instead of painting it. I used Crystalac gel stain with their red and blue eyes, and the Crystalac Brite Tone glossy finish. I also made my own water transfer label for the headstock. I upgraded to Gotoh locking tuners, CTS pots, orange drop cap, Switch raft switch, Puretone jack, Gotoh oversized strap buttons, a rosewood fretboard on a maple neck, hand-wound Mustang pickups from EP Custom Pickups, D'addario XL pure nickel strings, and Graphtech bridge saddles, string retainers, and nut. It turned out great, it was fun to build, and it sounds awesome!!!