I bought a used Lakland 55-94 around a year ago. It was somewhat over year old but the original owner favoured other basses and it was still immaculate. Towards the end of 2002 I became aware that the maple neck was getting distinctly grubby and not cleaning up. I corresponded with Dan Lakin in November last year and he explained that the finish they use was "crazy glue". In effect this offers very limited protection against dirt. He offered to clean the guitar if it was still within the guarantee period. In fact it was just outside the guarantee period but since I'm in the UK even a free clean up would not have been a cheap option once freight charges had been taken into account. I've discussed this with a couple of guitar techs and they are frankly scathing about the suitability of crazy glue as a guitar finish as it will dissolve with sweat, saliva etc. I've been told the only solution is to sand the neck down, refret and refinish, for which I've been quoted a price of £180 (around $290). (For those who think a nice yellowed finish on a guitar is a plus, that comes with a guitar that's laquer finished in the first place: what I've got is a dirty grey colour, which certainly is not attractive). Frankly I think it's disgraceful that a guitar in this price bracket is so poorly finished that I'm expected to pay $290 to restore it after such a short time of normal use. Others thinking of buying maple-necked Laklands please take note.