Re: Looking at used S, small neck pocket crack
Maybe, but what I read was "Especially guitars painted in the US" and "Neck pocket cracks are only common to US", which in my experience isn't the case. Perhaps he's only talking about the 540 line, but as far as all the MIJ ibanez I've owned, held and played which had a square heel, even ones I see pictured for sale online, maybe 40% have pocket cracks (guessing, but it's a lot). The only common factor I'm seeing is the square heel. I think people read too much into it, and it's more of a structural issue. It's not just Ibanez either, lots of old square heels like Jackson, fender etc can have neck pocket cracks. I've never seen one on an AANJ. You've got all the load on the lower chunk of a square heel and no meat on the sides, when the tension flexes for any reason, you get a stress crack on the thin side, which always starts and ends in the same spot, indicating where the structural weakness is.
Last edited by axel_f; 10-09-2012 at 12:39 PM.