Re: Restoring a 2002 JS1000
I've never heard of a stripe bulging out... The only part of wood on the neck that is exposed it the fingerboard. Is the neck warped at all? Gathering that the hardware is pitted and the wood is swelling... I'd be worried that it was left in a damp place causing all those symptoms. It wouldn't hurt to get some gauges on that neck to see if it's the only problem. If all seems well, if the feeling of that stripe doesn't bother you, then leave it be. But if it's going to annoy you... Even knowing that it's like that. Then you may need to sand it out.
I plugged it in and fiddled with it just to make sure the pickups were functional and what not and I didn't feel anything odd with the neck outside of the stripe issue. It will likely drive me insane, so I may have it sanded out a bit. Obviously gonna have to be careful about that, as I'd hate to change the profile much.