Hi, Just bought a new neck from a parts supplier and have a couple of questions. 1) It is flatsawn (horizontal parallel at the heel) and shows what I think is a nice grain pattern - is this ok though as most other necks I have had are fairly uniform in colour/pattern. Other threads I have read seem to suggest it is fine so I won't lose sleep on this one! 2) However there is a small "knot" or "mark" at the 18th fret which I am unsure of. It is visible, but not able to be felt (i.e it is under the lacquer, not "proud"), but *does* seem to go through the whole neck and appear at the back, in the heel area in roughly the same spot and same size\colour. is it something to be worried about ? (The mark next to the knot is under the lacquer and can't be felt). 3) There is a very small chip n the lower side near 11th fret - again it doesn't rub my fingers - is it likely to get worse ? is it something you would return the neck for or live with if the rest of the neck was fine ? Any other comments suggestions welcome of course - many thanks.