There are 2 luthiers in town that I would trust as far as assessing this. One works Monday to Thursday, the other is on vacation until next Tuesday. Looks like I won't get a professional opinion until next week. I got a chance to take it out and play it for about 20 minutes this morning. It feels awesome and I'm really digging the neck. It seems to hold tune just fine and a little "gentle pressure" on the neck (wink wink) didn't seem to have any effect. I guess in response to the other thread, I should rephrase the original question. Is this likely just the finish? I've seen a LOT of SGs with this identical crack. I've owned one for 12 years. Does anyone else have an SG (or other Gibson) with the same thing? How has it held up? I'll consult with the luthier and obviously, if it's anything other than cosmetic, it goes back. If it's just the lacquer, I've got no problem with it for the right price.