I was watching the documentary in the Whitesnake DVD today. Doug Aldrich
shows some of his stage guitars; all Les Pauls
He shows how he has the finish striped off the back of the neck, so it feels smooth (back to bare wood).
This is something I would be interested in doing to my black Epi Les Paul; I don't care for the how the clear coat feels.
It looks like sanding would be the preferred way.
I imagine this would have to be done carefuly so as to not take off any wood.