JS1 plastic neck plate spacer
I have an early JS1 which I bought in 1992/3. A year or so after purchasing I removed the plastic neck plate cup, which acts as a spacer between the metal plate and the body. I did it to slightly improve comfort by reducing neck heel bulk, and after much measuring of screw lengths etc to make sure they wouldnt come out the fretboard!
Anyway, nearly 20 years later, I am wondering what the purpose of these plastic spacers was/is. My guess is that it has something to do with protecting the finish - especially necessary since the forces from the tilted plate might dig into the paint, causing cracks. Or is it something to do with factory tolerances or manufacturing techniques? I havent seen any adverse effects since removing the part myself, despite this being a very well used guitar...
Do the current models still have the plastic part?