first post. been lurking for quite a while. own 2 carved top & back luthier made archtops. the gitane D-500 is my first and only GJ guitar at this point. i've not had a chance to sample other luthier made GJ guitars, but i do like this one a lot. So! has anyone had success removing the finsh (what i'm projecting to be polyurethane-not lacquer) from a gitane d-500 (or other gitane model) and reapplying either a french polish or a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer? if so, were chemicals used to remove the finish, or sandpaper? reasons for doing this would be (1) improving the sound by freeing up the top & back to vibrate more freely & (2) changing the appearance of both the spruce top as well as the back & sides, possibly going with pretty much a clear coat (for that contemporary look), or the flip side would be something similar to the "cognac amber" finish of the Dupont MC-50 from "Sweet & Lowdown". if so, how well & easy did the original finish come off, and were the results what you were hoping to achieve? any advice, pros & cons, and recommendations are greatly appreciated.