WOW! I managed to chip a good sized chunk off of my MIM Special Edition 69 RI Tele. OK, I have always thought it'd look really cool when it started to get dings. But the finish is like 1/16 inch thick! It is like an M&M with a candy shell. I really don't give a rat's ass about poly vs nitro and all of that. This is one of my least expensive guitars, yet it has becomes a favorite. As soon as I saw how thick the finish was, I wished I could have it stripped and refinished in a thinner finish. I really don't care poly or nitro. I just don't see any need for a 1/16 inch shell on a guitar. THere is no way that any further dings will make this one a nice looking relic. It would have taken me at least 50-60 years of hard playing on stage to get close to wearing through this! I wouldn't at all be upset about a nasty ding, if the damn finish weren't so thick! I dinged a USA 57 RI Strat in CAR that was only maybe 1/32 at the most. At least that finish needs layers to get it to look like that. The Tele is Arctic White. WHY so many coats to get it 1/16"? OK, this is just a rant. I doubt I'll put any money into this guitar. It was not an expensive one, and it plays and sounds fine. Part of me wants to take the body off and sand it down by at least half. If it didn't have a matching headstock, I'd just strip it down to the mahogany. It does look cool in the large ding. Anyone know why they put such a thick finish on these? They do make a natural mahogany version. Obviously it can't have this thick of a finish. I guess any value on the "Limited Edition" is now moot. I'll probably just keep it as is, and not worry about dinging it at ALL. If I had the money, though, I'd get it redone in a thinner finish so it'd at least have a shot at being a real relic.