Fake or real? Skunk stripe edition.

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  1. TX_Slinger

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    1st off, I like the neck so this isn't a complaint thread. Got my neck with a nice bone nut off Reverb for $79 but didn't realize I was getting a black skunk stripe, though it's a cool aesthetic with the color scheme of the guitar it went on. Was looking closer the other day after seeing an internet post about fake stripes. Any guesses?

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    I understand if you don't want to do this, but couldn't you just scratch the skunk stripe at the heel where it will disappear into the neck pocket? If it's a thin layer of paint, that should let you know right away. And the scratch will be hidden when the neck is installed.

    I'd do a quick test fit first though to make sure you're scratching it where the neck pocket will cover the damage.
     
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    Hard to tell from the photos. I think it's real. Maybe 85% confidence.
     
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    Could go either way! If you like the neck, play on? Can I ask what seller it was? I’ve been debating one in that price range on reverb...
     
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    Does it have a truss rod?
    If it does, and it's a one-piece neck, it will be a skunkstripe.
     
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    The fretwork was good and its def a keeper. Nice smooth satin finish. Nut just needed a little depth and cleanup but that was expected.
     
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    its two piece. Board is a little on the thin side, but no issues.
     
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    Ah, fake stripe then, IMO.
     
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    Not necessarily. I've seen two piece necks with the skunk stripe. It just means the maker decided they preferred to install the truss rod through the back, probably just to standardize the process. I think I even have a Kubicki neck around here like that.

    Hard to tell from the pictures. If it's real it's a very good fit. Looks like different grain than the maple around it. Could be real.
     
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    If they were to standardize, and they only made two-piece necks, it would be cheaper and easier to do it from the front, but your point is taken.
    I've only heard of fake stripes, never seen one. It's a weird feature if they exist.
     
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    Seems like an incredibly well fitted filler strip for a 79 dollar neck, so it might be painted on. As others have said, a little scratch test in an inconspicuous spot will tell you.

    If not, then I'm pretty sure whatever it is isn't wood. Some kind if plastic or fiberboard maybe.

    But hey, if it's straight, finished well, and the frets are good, who cares?
     
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    I am guessing that the insanely tight and clean fit is due to CNC made parts.
     
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    If it is from China it could well be a decal they do the same thing with cheap acoustic guitars on the back center seam purfling and the rosette
    i have a cheap 12 string import acoustic you can actually feel the ridges where the lacquer has shrunk
     
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    What's the front of the neck look like? Also, can you give a shot that cleanly shows that it's a two-piece?
     
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    Wouldn't the neck have to be painted black and the skunk stripe painted white if it was a real skunk stripe?

    But I would say it's really a separate piece of wood if the fingerboard is not. Cannot tell from the photos.
     
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    if you zoom on the 2nd pic of the 2 post (5th pic) you can see the difference in grain between the board and neck.

    ...and some folks missed it, this is all for sport and I'm not trying to return the neck. The neck functions perfectly.
     
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    Then scratch that paint!
     
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    Different grain in the "skunk stripe" so likely the real thing. The finish would have to be very thick to conceal a decal that was thick enough to emboss the grain into it.

    I've ordered two piece custom necks and added the contrasting wood strip just for the aesthetic. I think a plain-back maple neck looks cheap without it.
     
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    Never seen an ebony skunk stripe but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

    Fender always uses walnut, right?
     
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