Starting my first tele body. Found some solid maple blanks at the cottage, glued a couple together to make it wide enough. Started experimenting with different stain options with some leftover strips. Looks like the maple is pretty tough and not taking the stain options too well. The darker squares I've applied at least two coats. #1 is an espresso stain, kind of blotchy, not much detail. #3 is a dark walnut stain, has a nice dark brown tone, but also kind of blotchy. #2 is a cheery, but pretty dull. #7 is black tea. Didn't really take. #6 is an ebony stain, just one coat. Pretty blotchy. #8 is my first attempt at vinegar and steel wool, just a light treatment, steel wool sitting in vinegar for just two days, but it's probably my favourite. Just not sure if I want to turn maple into a grey barn wood look. I'd be thrilled to hear what recommendations people would say is best for a maple body. Thanks!