well, not stain... as I understand stain seals. I am probably looking for water based dye. just looking for general input/experiences with various products. I've recently traded for a carruthers tele and the orig nitro had something red that had leeched into the finish. tried a few things but couldn't get it out. I have since stripped it down. I think I want to do some sort of an amber burst but more on the tobacco side of things. my plan is to apply a tobacco brown, sand back, then diluted tobacco, sand back less, then amber. but what amber? getting that old time amber is what I want. I've used the stew mac red and it works great. I believe that is just re-branded transtint? I know it's good quality, but am unsure of the color based on the pics. other options I've seen: general finish (amazon/woodcraft) colortone? these are diluted already so... I don't know crimsonguitars? what is your experience with amber, what do you suggest? sources? thanks in advance for advice.