Folks, I've recently purchased a used '05 Les Paul Standared with a nice flame maple top, however the top color is called trans black. Although nice, because its black it's really hard to see the nice flame maple happening unless you put it under a spotlight. I'm thinking about refinishing just the top to a nice tobacco burst (which is the color I really want). Questions; how much will a nice refin de-value the guitar? Will I have to sand the crap out of the maple top to get rid of the black stain? I got the guitar fairly cheap cause the seller said the color wasnt popular. Is this worth doing? To buy even a plain maple top sunburst would cost me at least $400 more than what i paid for this guitar. Any insight appreciated.