After spending many, many hours going over threads and having quite a few of my Newbie questions answered (Thanks, Larry Corsa, Last & Roman Rist!) I've started the process of refinishing the top of my new Standard Faded. Originally it was a "Tobacco" Burst, though it seemed to have more red than brown to my eyes: It looked like one of the better Faded series factory finishes and I was tempted to leave it as it was, but I actually bought it with the idea of doing a refin. I've REALLY wanted an amber topped LP for a long time...... Maybe I should go "unburst"? Not sure if I should try that my first time out though. So as per Last's advice, I hit it with 150 sandpaper last night. It took about five hours to get it to bare wood and then I hit it with 400 grit (because that's what I had in the house!) at this point, it's incredibly smooth to the touch. Not the best pics; I'll take better ones later: Just ordered the stain and I plan on taking my time with this in order to get it right.... I'll periodically update for anyone who's interested in this sort of thing like I am. AND, any help, advice or comments along the way will be VERY appreciated!!!!