or a new fretboard? IMO, in cases of neck bow/hump or just abnormal neck profiles, problem is that simulated tension, or a completely straight neck by the known methods cannot match actual shape of the neck under real string tension, in which case all traditional fret levelling methods will give poor results.
The neck was kind of like a skateboard ramp.
If you put your finger on first and last fret, the space leftover on the 7th fret which should be the thickness of a pick was the thickness of two silver dollars.
I know a lot more about guitar these days, from forums and application, and maybe I could have saved this one. My GAS disease was so bad that no matter how good or bad a guitar was, or how much I used it in gigs and recording, it didn't last long
I was out to own every major type of guitar out there (Ibby, Fender, Gibson, solidbody, hollowbody, steel string, classical, bolt on neck, set neck, new, vintage, single coil, humbucker, active, passive, fixed bridge, Bigsby, Fender sychronized trem, locking trem, Kahler, Wonderbar, Floyd, refinished, refretted, stock, rare originals, fakes, knockoffs, custom shop, basically everything). With just over 60 guitars, I thought I was a truly sick individual until I met a recovered GASSER (who now has three or four guitars) who had bought over 350 guitars in his years. When you have that many guitars, it's conceivable that some axes spend more than a year literally untouched.