I'll be ordering a new, unfinished maple neck in the next week or so, and wanted to know what's the best way to go about staining it? I'd like to use something like a Minwax Polyshades, which is stain and polyurethane in one. Either that, or some sort of stain, and then top it off with some Minwax Wipe-On Poly. Should I use some sort of wood conditioner on the neck before applying the stain? Also, should I be using a water based stain, gel stain, or oil based? Mainly looking at the Minwax brand of stains, since they're readily available at a number of stores. If the process is going to end up looking blotchy, etc. then I'll just skip the stain and do a couple coats of wipe-on poly, I just thought that it would be neat to try a stain underneath. Not interested in ReRanch stuff, since I don't have an area for spraying, and would need to apply things in a wipe-on or brush-on fashion.