anyone know of any company other than Peavey that does this...was just jamming on a buddy Generation EXP tele model and noted the quick, laminated fretboard. Same finish as neck, but why do they do this?
Well I'm not sure if they laminate it, but Washburn did a series; the HM, with carbon/glass/epoxy fretboards - I imagine it'd have a similar feel. With that in mind, I'd say for smoothness and speed - although laminate will wear off and eventually become sticky and uncomfortable.
Using laminate wood improves strength to combat the effect changes in season have on a guitar and you can ensure you have a nice piece of wood on show. Problem is it tends to mute your tone and sustain a bit. That's why most companies don't do it. When people want an all-maple neck they usually want that full, bright maple tone and using four or five layers glued together chops some of that off.
Yeah, I noticed that his sustain absolutly sucked. I just noticed how low his action was, due to the med frets. It was incredibly easy to play though, even with the D neck. It appeared as though the Neck and fretboard were part of the same wood, just a very thin cut line to show that they were seperated to make room for the trussrod.