I'll admit, I love the feel and the tone of maple, but I've always avoided it because it's more prone to shrinkage and fret sprout. Fret sprout is easily fixable but I never wanted the hassle. So yesterday I pulled the trigger on a Musicman Sabre with a flamed maple neck. It was too gorgeous to pass up even with my reservations about maple. But it got me thinking: It has a gloss finish on the neck and the fretboard. Would a gloss finish offer more protection against shrinkage vs. a thinner satin finish?