I just ordered a cheap-o Chinese guitar, because I want to have something to play around with. It's a Billy-Bo-esque kind of thing, but with some slight variations in the body shape (a couple of the sharp edges are missing) and a blank head stock, so I'm not worried about it ever being mistaken as a real Gretsch. I bought it because I wanted something to practice my nascent building skills on. For example, I'm going to remove the finish, route out the body differently, carve a belly cut, patch the holes that will be left when I remove the tune-o-matic (I'm going to replace it with a cheap floating bridge), refinish it in nitro, and install some Filtertrons (I've only replaced individual pots in the past - I've never wired a guitar from scratch before). What i don't want to do is mess up the binding. I've watched a bunch of videos on guitar binding, and it's just an additional can of worms that I'm not really wanting to open this time around. It's my hope to use a heat gun to remove the thick poly finish on the guitar. Based upon my extensive YouTube research (about 30 minutes or so of watching people of varying skill sets talk about their favorite way to do it), it seems like a heat gun is the easiest way to go about it. I figured that I'd have to use either a solvent or good, old-fashioned elbow grease as I near the binding, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever removed the finish on a bound guitar with a heat gun, and if so, if you have any advice.