Congratulations! I dunno if the tone changed that much. I´ve heard from some people that it does change it if you strip it, and some guys say it doesnt affect the tone at all. All I know is both of my sanded ones sound different. My #1, the C# one, sounds super-great. Even, thick, chunky, sustainy tone in all registers whereas my E guitar sounds a bit thin. Almost hollow. No beef in the lower mids. If you sand it, you take a risk though, coz you dont know how it will look underneath the paint. I lucked out with my C#, it looks cool. But the E again is not that great-looking.