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JK Lado & Company Customer Testimonials
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Friday, 03 December 2010 22:48

Course Overview

18 Week Lutherie Program

Accepting Applications for July. 2, 2014 now! (2013 School Term is Booked)

 

The Lado School of Lutherie provides both theoretical and practical instruction on custom guitar crafting and repair. Students will learn the foundations for both acoustic and electric guitar applications. Course duration is 18 weeks and provides 720 hours on hands on training. Class schedules are Monday - Friday during the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm.

Students, during the initial eight (8) weeks will be taught in-depth manufacturing processes and will become familiarized with specialty tools and machinery. This core instruction period provides the foundation for subsequent hands-on training followed by the crafting of your own instrument. During this segment of the course, students are thoroughly trained on both basic and major repairs for both acoustic and electric guitars.

During the duration of the course, students will receive step by step instruction and guidance while building their own instrument. Students may choose to craft an acoustic or electric guitar or bass.

Note: Student project designs must utilize a pre-existing mold utilized by the Lado factory. In addition, a complete lutherie student handbook will be compiled over the 18 week period and taken home for ongoing reference.

Course synopsis:

 

Major Repairs:

  • Removal of pre-existing or damaged finishes.
  • Re-sanding
  • Dressing,installing frets,and removal of neck with reset.
  • Set-ups and configuration.
  • Finishes and spraying.
  • Cutting and installing pearl inlays.
  • Adhering and installation of bridges and nuts.
  • Crack and headstock repair.

 

Electric Guitar & Bass

  • Construction of neck-through-body designs and 2 piece guitar configurations.
  • Selection of craft wood and cutting techniques.
  • Assembly of body, neck and gluing of body wings.
  • Fingerboard cutting and fretwork.
  • Sanding, finishing, and spraying.
  • Sealing, wet sanding, and lacquer.
  • Buffing, electronics, and assembly.

 

Acoustic Guitar:

  • Bending and bracing.
  • Top and back joints.
  • Moulding and sanding.
  • Fretwork.
  • Binding Installation.
  • Wood re-saw techniques.
  • Overhead and handheld rotor techniques.

 

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:54

Earth-2005G-BL

Earth Model 2005G-BL

Neck: Three (3) piece 5A Birdseye Maple. Neck-through-body design. Standard thickness 21.5cm - 2.25cm (calibrated on 3rd fret).

Body: 5A Soft Curly Maple body wings.

Fingerboard: 24 fret Ebony construction.

Electronics: Lado & Seymour Duncan pickups. Volume, tone, w/ push-pull and coil split.

Hardware: Gold

Tremolo: Original Floyd Rose tremolo.

Nut: Locking #2 (4.20cm) or #3 (4.35cm) nut. Call for specifications.

Inlay: Large Lado trademark inlay & mother of pearl.

Finishes: Polyurethane high-gloss.

Blue or Black transparent finish with gold pinstripes.

Suggested Retail: $4995.00 USD. Factory Direct Sale: $3695.00 USD with included case.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:51

Lado Earth Model 2004

Neck: Three (3) piece Birdseye Maple. Neck-through-body design. Standard thickness 21.5cm - 2.25cm (calibrated on 3rd fret).

Body: 4A Soft Curly Maple body wings.

Fingerboard: 24 fret Ebony construction.

Electronics: Lado & Seymour Duncan pickups. Volume, tone, w/ push-pull and coil split.

Hardware: Black.

Tremolo: Original Floyd Rose tremolo.

Nut: Locking #2 (4.20cm) or #3 (4.35cm) nut. Call for specifications.

Inlay: Large Lado trademark inlay & mother of pearl.

Finishes: Polyurethane high-gloss.

 

Earth Model 2004-BL-T w/ Blue or Black Transparent

Factory Direct Sale: $2995.00 USD with included case.

 

Earth Model 2004-SL - Silver Blue

Factory Direct Sale: $4495.00 USD with included case

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.

 

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:48

Lado Earth Model 2002

Earth Model 2002-BL-T w/ Blue or Black Transparent Finish

Neck: Three (3) piece Birdseye Maple. Neck-through-body design. Standard thickness 21.5cm - 2.25cm (calibrated on 3rd fret).

Body: Soft Curly Maple body wings.

Fingerboard: 24 fret Ebony construction. 

Electronics: Lado pickups.

Hardware: Chrome

Tremolo: Original Floyd Rose tremolo.

Nut: Locking #2 (4.20cm) or #3 (4.35cm) nut. Call for specifications.

Inlay: Pearl dots.

Finishes: Polyurethane high-gloss.

 

Earth Model 2002 comes standard with chrome hardware.

Suggested Retail: $3295.00 CAD

Factory Direct Sale: $2995.00 CAD with included case.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:15

Model JK-L-65-BR

Limited Edition JK Lado Signature Acoustic

 

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Features:

Neck:Custom, hand-crafted three(3) piece Mahogany with customer choice of Purple Heart or Ebony Center.

Body: Authentic Brazilian Rosewood, Circa 1973 (JK Lado original stock).

Top: Hand selected 500+ year old British Columbian Spruce of master quality.

Inlay: Mother of pearl.

Body Inlay: Hand crafted JK Lado signature wood rosette and insert binding.

Fingerboard: Imported African Ebony (5A-Q)

Bridge & Headstock Plate: Brazilian Rosewood (JK Lado original stock)

 

Note: A deposit of $2,000.00 CAD is required to begin construction. The remaining balance is due prior to shipping of guitar. The Lado Signature Acoustic requires four (4) - six (6) months for crafting and delivery.


Retail per piece is $4,995.00 CAD with included hard case and certificate of authenticity, signed by Joe Kovacic.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:15

JK Custom G32-SH

JK Custom G32-SH Curly Maple

Price as pictured: $4995.00 CAD with case

Note: Special order only. Please allow six months for production and delivery.

Finish Options

 

 

(1) Red (2) Sunburst (3) Ocean Blue (4) Deep Blue (5) Maroon (6) Deep Purple (7) Trans-Black (8) Blue-Black

Exotic Woods

(1) Macassar Ebony (2) Ziricote (3) Lacewood (4) Bubinga (5) Quilted Maple (6) Curly Maple (7) Purple Heart

(8) Afromosia (9) Curly Walnut (10) Zebra (Note) Additional exotics may be available. Please contact Lado.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:13

Lado Classic Model

Features

Neck: Sturdy three (3) piece, top-quality Birdseye Maple. Standard thickness 21.5cm - 2.25cm (calibrated on 3rd fret).

Body Wings: Soft Curly Maple.

Fingerboard: 24 fret Ebony or Birdseye Maple with pearl dot inlays.

Finish: High gloss polyurethane.

Hardware: Chrome.

Electronics: Lado Signature Pickups or Seymour Duncan. Includes V + Tone - Push/Pull.

Tremolo: Original Floyd Rose tremolo.

Nut: Locking #2 (4.20cm) or #3 (4.35cm) nut. Call for specifications.

Finish Color Options

(1) Red (2) Sunburst (3) Ocean Blue (4) Deep Blue (5) Maroon (6) Deep Purple (7) Trans-Black (8) Blue-Black

Suggested Retail: $3195.00 USD

Factory Direct Sale: $2595.00 USD with case (blue or black models only).

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:13

TL-85 Limited Edition

Features

Vintage TL-85 Semi-Hollow Body

Neck: Three (3) piece Curly or Birdseye Maple.

Back: African Mahogany

Top: Three (3) Quilted Sapele

Center: Quilted Sapele or Brazilian Rosewood (Lado 1973 Stock)

Fingerboard: Ebony

Pickups: Lado or Seymour Duncan

Parts: Gold or customer choice.

Suggested Retail: $3995.00 USD

Direct Factory Sale: $3495.00 USD with case.

Finish Options

 

 

(1) Red (2) Sunburst (3) Ocean Blue (4) Deep Blue (5) Maroon (6) Deep Purple (7) Trans-Black (8) Blue-Black

Exotic Woods

(1) Macassar Ebony (2) Ziricote (3) Lacewood (4) Bubinga (5) Quilted Maple (6) Curly Maple (7) Purple Heart

(8) Afromosia (9) Curly Walnut (10) Zebra (Note) Additional exotics may be available. Please contact Lado.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:13

TL-80-QM-S *Quilted Sapele Center*

Vintage TL-80 Features

Neck: Three (3) piece Curly or Birdseye Maple.

Back: African Mahogany

Top: Ebony Macassar or Quilted Maple

Center: Quilted Sapele or Brazilian Rosewood (Lado 1973 Stock)

Fingerboard: Ebony

Pickups: Lado or Seymour Duncan

Parts: Chrome (Gold, add $100.00 CAD)

Suggested Retail: $2995.00 CAD

Direct Factory Sale: $2695.00 CAD with case.

Lado Warranty

JK Lado & Company offers a 1 year warranty (including parts and labor) for a period of 1 year from time of purchase on all custom or factory model guitars and basses.

 

 

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 23:23

Lado Lutherie School Homepage

Accepting Applications for July. 2, 2014 now! (2013 School Term is Booked)

J.K. Lado & Company has officially announced the continuance of the Lado School of Lutherie for a limited number of aspiring craftsman.

Mr. Kovacic has announced that after a one year hiatus, he will continue with his renowned training for only 3 students per 18 week class cycle.

Due to Joe's love of crafting fine instruments and sharing his passion with the next generation of luthiers, he will be teaching classes through 2014.

Interested candidates must complete and submit applications and secure a deposit by March 30, 2014. Please visit the Lado School of Lutherie page for more information and course structure.

"People who have a creative passion for producing fine quality instruments are few and far between. The trade needs to be passed along to future generations. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with today's young people and train them in the mastery of guitar building."

- Joe Kovacic

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Note From Joe K.

The year was 1960 and I had just enrolled in lutherie school in my home country of Croatia. During my studies, the first instrument I completed was an acoustic guitar.

Since moving to Canada in 1973, I completed 35 acoustic models over the next three years.In 1976 due to client demand, I made the switch to produce electric guitars and basses.

Since that day, I have longed to return to the production of quality acoustic guitars. Now that I am semi-retired I will again focus on my original signature design. Utilizing my stock of Brazilian Rosewood I have had since 1974, these guitars are built with very rare highly coveted materials.  Since I have had this wood in stock for over 36 years now, it MUST be dry. (Just a joke!)

Retail for my acoustic masterpiece is $4995.00 CDN with a hard case, which is roughly $3,000.00CDN. less than our competitors.

Production is limited to 5-6 model per year -in addition to 24 electrics.

For the past 48 years, building guitars has been the love of my life. Now, it is time to slow down and enjoy life with my beloved family.

I will however, be building guitars until the day I die.

Sincerely, Joe Kovacic

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