I like the way the lacing matches the maple neck. But even so, I can't get rid of the lacing now anyway. I would have a million holes there. But obviously, lacing screws up the fit. Unless you're cutting your own templates and account for the lacing, you can't buy pre-cut blanks and tool them with lacing. Just won't fit perfectly. If I converted to vintage bridge, no problem. But I'm not doing that.