I always thought that my '77 MM Stingray had its all maple neck professionally stripped of its laquer. Seems like I had played a few old ones and that all had laquered necks. I visited a shop tonight and tried a NEW maple neck Stringray for the first time and was shocked to see that their necks were also lacquer-free, while the rosewood fingerboard models had lacquered necks. Have I had it wrong all along and my '77's neck is in fact unmodified? I must have only tried rosewood necked models until I found my '77 and fell in love with it. ??????