It is fairly humid here right now and it doesn't look like it will clear up for a few more days. While I wait, I thought I would ask a few questions regarding 2 guitar necks. Maple Neck with a skunk stripe and a Rosewood fingerboard. I want an "aged / amber" look on the entire neck. What are the best ways to prep this neck? What are the pros and cons for both tinted (Colortone) lacquer as well as dye / stain diluted and applied straight to the neck? I see a number of people suggest I seal the skunk stripe before I do much to the neck. Is CA glue my best choice? I do have a waterslide. When should I apply it? Before or after staining? What are the best steps to take to make the edges "disappear"? Solid Maple neck. I want an "aged / amber" look on the entire neck. I'll see above for prep answers. People who go with stain - direct to the wood, when they want to change it, do they typically just buy or make another neck? I understand that I can sand it back but is this why some choose lacquer over direct dye/stain - so they don't really have to sand back past the first layer of finish? I'll see above for skunk stripe answers. Same question as above regarding the waterslide.