I have this theory that sunburst finishes sound better than solid finishes. It may sound stupid, but I have a good reason to believe this. I was watching a tour of the Fender USA factory. During the tour, they said they chose which pieces of wood were good enough for sunburst, and which pieces would get a solid finish. Beautiful pieces of wood also have good tonal qualities, such as tight grain, consistancy, few or no deviations in the grain, etc. So, to sum it up, my theory is as follows: "Sunburst finishes, which have exposed grain, have better quality tone woods." I'm looking for a lutheirs thought on this.