Lakland neck swap completed!
Laklands can be fickle I learned, but with the right luthier, we can build it better...
I have a beautiful Lakland 55-02 with a quilt maple tobacco stained top, plays like butter. Only one issue...it had a rosewood fretboard. No issues with the fretboard, I just liked the idea of a maple one better. So, a purchase from TLJordan later, and I had myself a 55-01 complete with maple neck. Let the swap begin right?
Sort of. Although both necks are supposed to be the same spec, and they are, the 55-02 was built in Indonesia (which doesn't bother me, it sounds killer), and the 55-01 was an older Korean made model (also great sounding). As we know, same specs from different factories can add up to surprises. The maple neck swapped to the Indonesian body like butter...tobacco burst with a maple neck...gorgeous. The rosewood to the natural 55-01? Not so much. The pocket shapes were on the point but the holes in the neck were about a millimeter or two off. Bolting the neck scewed it off to the right.
My guitarist Jeff Lakata is an accomplished luthier. Builds alot of his own guitars and makes all kinds of repairs and mods. So long story short (too late), he drilled out the holes in the neck and filled them in with hardwood dowels, then sanded the whole thing down. At that point he was able to mark and drill new holes into the neck and mount it flush and clean.
He sent me finish pics and I'm picking them up today. I can't wait to play them, he says they both have low to medium action and just sing. Here are some pics of the work. Anyone in the Jersey area looking for a good luthier at decent prices, look him up on Facebook, he's accepting customers. Cheers all.