I wasn't looking to buy another guitar, but a nice looking Gitane 255 was on Gumtree for a low price and the interesting grain of the spruce top caught my attention. I took all the finish off the entire guitar, right back to bare wood. I've lightly shellac-ed the guitar, narrowed and chamfered the fingerboard a little and added a Gallato tailpiece and Altamira tuners. The result is definitely different - some of that brash brightness has gone, and the guitar feels more resonant. I'm sure it's noticeably lighter in weight now! I'll wait for the new strings to settle down a bit before making a recording. I took it to the monthly gypsy jazz jam session at Glenuig Inn yesterday, and I think it sounded pretty good.