My skill level is not at the point where I am ready to make a neck, or at leat not for my current "nice" build (I am considering making a cheap pallet caster and making the neck for that). I bought a neck from GFS from their clearance section a while back (they're parts recused from factory closing down and the like and sold dirt cheap). it looks like it's been rolled in mud and has a few blemishes, but I think I can fix the cosmetics and reshape the headstock to something more conservative. The biggest issue is this ding in the side of the fret board: I've never seen the truss road sticking up this far up in the pocket, but a friend of mine tells me his guitar (a Jackson) has is sticking out like that, so it's not a sign of a problem. So the question is, how do I convince myself the neck will be playable before I cardve a neck pocket in my nice new top? are there "tricks" to check it's OK (e.g. make sure it can be dead flat, turn the truss rod and massage it by hand to see it it'll hold a curve, etc...) If it were a regular strat or tele neck, I could mount it on another guitar, but I have nothing that will fit this. The guitar I'm building is a Gibson Blueshawk inspired guitar so I need a 25.5 scale 3x3 neck, which is not easy to source for cheap. I can't afford to get something from Allparts or Warmoth, and haven't really found a cheaper alternative. Plan B would be to get a neck I got off an epiphone guitar, or buy a cheap "lp replacement neck" (about $50 on Amazon) but hte scale length would be wrong for a blueshawk. Should I quickly assemble a "slab" out of pallets and mount a bridge and mount this neck and see if it works there?