So, I stripped the finish off the back of the Squier's neck, and 2 alarming things have been brought to my attention.
This looks bad, but benign.
This, however, is deeply troubling. It looks to be present from construction (but I'm not sure. See Below), the cracks start at where someone must have pressed in the frets a bit too hard. The whole neck has this weird thing about it, like it's got tons of sealer, because I can look at those cracks sideways and see how deep they are, while I was under the impression that wood was generally opaque.
Now, it is a 3-piece neck, which should add quite a bit of strength in the event that this compromises the neck in some way, and will prevent the cracks from spreading if they're capable of propagating.
I assume that it's present from construction because there is gried paint in some of the areas, which would mean that the cracks were present when there was wet paint on the guitar.
I don't know if I should be worrying seriously about it, but I would like some opinions on how else these cracks would have manifested themselves. Heat? Humidity? Keeping in mind that for the entire life of this guitar, it was covered with a poly finish. I'm thinking of just sanding it down a bit, and then slathering it with titebond, hoping it fills in all the tiny little cracks. Is that something feasable?
Still. FUCK. This is depressing on many levels.
I think it is a Squire, so, yeah. Not too surprising.