Seeing as I'm not quite as metal as Chris, I've just never really dug black guitars. Meanwhile, I dig the shit out of oiled mahogany.
The problem of course is the blackjack is bound, which could make things tricky. However, I've ALSO never really dug guitars without arm contours, so it seems to me a good "two birds, one stone" solution here would be to sand it down to bare wood, and then round the body edges, more or less like so:
(Thanks, Jeff! )
..but with these contours:
I suspect it'd look sort of JS-esq.
I can see a few potential problems - I have no idea what the quality of the wood undernieth the paint would look like, having never sanded or stripped a guitar before I can't guarantee I'd do a particularly good job, rounding the body sides perfectly evenly would be a lot of work and would have a high potential for my fucking it up, and since it wasn't really intended to be, well, seen, I have no idea what the set neck would look like sanded bare. Also, I'd have to be pretty careful with the neck binding. Finally, I don't have a hell of a lot of free time at the moment.
However, if I DIDN'T fuck it up, the woodwork was clean, and there weren't huge filler patches, it could look pretty damned badass when all was said and done. And, it's a pretty cheap guitar, so it's not like I'd be knocking the resale down much, I figure.
so, someone talk me into or out of doing this.