hey guys, wondering if you can take a glance at this and let me know if you think the cracks are structural or just paint. They are thin - can't get the edge of a pick into them, but there could always be something structural causing them in the first place. Let me know what you think! Note: the crack on where the neck meets the body goes all the way around the neck.
hey guys, I took it in on a trade for an early 90s american strat. I didn't think much of the cracks, just assumed they were only the finish because of the location - then the more I looked at it I started thinking that there may be something wrong structurally and that maybe it took a nasty fall at some time. Thanks for your replies, much appreciated!
That's the problem with solid finishes. They hide a lot of things.
With that second photo, it would be nice to see if that crack follows the grain. If it did, then I'd be worried. My hunch (because of the curve) is that it's likely just the finish but without being able to see underneath, you can't say for sure.
In my humble opinion it looks like a crack that was caused by external stress (dropped, took a hit, underneath some heavy equipment). The real question is, did the stress cause the finish to crack, or did a structural crack cause the finish to crack.
You need a pro to make the final verdict. My guess is a structural crack, not all the way trough so you won't notice much. If wouldn't be too happy with it considering the trade in.