The premium curly maple top on this custom guitar definitely deserved to be exploited. We dark-stained the raw grain, sanded it back to create the illusion of depth and to make the quilt pop out. Then we applied the 3-tone sunburst with solid black on the back. It was topped with numerous coats of a special high-grade polyurethane formulated in Europe for use on aircraft and high-end exotic vehicles. Careful woodwork and tight tolerances resulted in an ultimate player rivaling many five-figure custom guitars.