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    New Valentine - Is this a neck crack?

    Or just a streak in the wood grain? It's kind of hard to tell because there are similar looking streaks on other parts of the roasted maple neck but this one is much bigger and coming right out of the neck pocket. The surface is smooth over it though. I think that since this BFR neck has binding, the neck has a thin satin coat. What do you think? Thanks!

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    It doesn’t look like a crack to me. Looks like the wood grain .

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    Looks like wood grain to me as well.

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    Thank you, all. Just wanted to be sure. Loving my new Valentine.

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    You can see the other mineral streaks in that neck. They are very common in flamed maple, especially when it's from the Michigan/Indiana area.
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    I can see why it would cause concern, but it looks like wood grain to me. In the wide shot, I see some other similar streaks in the neck.
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    In the first photo it looks like a crack to me. In the second it does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post
    this is a good read. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Loving my new Valentine.
    Now post some pics of her, so we can love her too!

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    I think that neck is gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadauco View Post
    Now post some pics of her, so we can love her too!

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    The neck feels fantastic and I'm loving the tones.

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    Beautiful guitar mate. (In response to your original post - it looks like the wood grain to me)

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    Pretty! (love the grain on the back... And that neck is really special) Her sister lives at my place. Great guitars. Congrats!
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    Epic neck, congratulations!!

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