It's Here now and it is aftermarket brown paint!! Why, oh why, oh why? It looks awful. Thick, shitty colour, brush marks and what a pity, it all looks pretty perfect apart from the paint. Sound, straight, nice frets nice original tuners and unless the paint is hiding something no cracks. Well its straight down to the DIY shop for some gel paint remover and I hope I can get it off without damaging the wood underneath before I string it up and play it, (and photograph it properly)
Well I now stripped most of the paint off and apart from some final sanding I need to decide what to do to put a protective / decorative finish back on it? I thought initially that it would just be a re varnish or a good waxing but it is looking very pale now so I think the Alvaréz factory must has stained the wood originally, (I'm trying to decide what the wood is as it's very light and it looks like the same wood used for top back and sides: Spanish Cedar?), and I will probably do some sort of (tasteful; not shitty brown) staining.