I need to buy a neck thru paddle blank from Carvin for a project I have planned. My question is regarding the face of the headstock. I notice some makers place a black laminate over the face of the headstock. I assume this extra step makes for less finishing and adds structural support to prevent cracks forming at the tuner holes. Is this correct? My question relates to the mounting of the laminate. Do you mount the laminate first, then cut out the headstock shape? OR Do you cut out the hedstock shape on the neck blank and laminate first, then mate them together? Any help would rule!