I've been considering having my Class 5 LP refined (just the top, really). I bought it because it was literally the only flame LP w/ a long neck tenon that I could find in Toledo, OH in the summer of 2002. I've always thought that the color (tangerine burst) was a bit much for my traditional tastes. I've been toying with the idea of a refin for a few months now, and I just spoke with Lowel guitars. Aaron informed me that he could refin the top in thin nitro, but he said that Gibson treats the maple to bring out the flame. He was suggesting that, IF he sands the finish off the top, the maple might be stained bby Gibson. That might require a refin only in a strong color like a cherry burst (which would be okay, but not my fav -- honeburst or tabacco). I thought that Gibson discontinued staining the maple in the early 2000's. So, finally my question: Does anyone know if the Class 5 has any special staining below the laquer? Thanks for any help or related advice!