Good point. The J-45 is nicknamed the workhorse for both its reliability and simplistic construction. I should probably keep it simple.Laminated necks are often seen on fancy guitars like archtops. Mine was kind of over the top, I don't think I would ever do it again. The body is some highly figured wood and its got lots of flamed maple binding, I just put maple down the center of the neck. Ordinarily I would do the scarf join and be done with it.