The carve on mine is the best I’ve ever played. I needed a refret so I went with SS medium jumbos - I mean man it plays now Super smoothIt is said that the Clapton neck carve was base upon the neck of a favorite Martin acoustic of his. Calling attention to the two guitars I've posted above. The neck on the red guitar, built in the Custom Shop, has slightly less taper than the pewter which was factory built. I also owned a '93 Blackie [Lace Sensors] which had the same neck shape as the '89. I've not played a late model so I cannot comment further.