I've been curious about this for a while, and the most simple explanation I have found is on the Warmoth site. Is there really a big difference between dyed wood and a trans color? Instruments with fancy tops and deep looking figured wood like Paul Reed Smith or Modulus- are these the result of dye or a transparent finish or both? I'm having a bass made, and I want the top to stand out, so I am just interested in info from experienced folks. Thanks!