Re: monkey grip
Scoring all the way through the finish first would be essential, and tape may help some too. But the chances of taking some chunks out of your finish are still pretty high. And as Petrucci already said, you still have to finish the inside of the monkey grip. But if you really want to do it, give it a try and work very slowly and carefully. If it works, great. If it doesn't work, you just have a little more finishing work to do.