Thanks everyone who replied (at least anyone who replied with a respectful, objective point/comment). I was merely trying to find out people's opinions on these issues I'm having with these Roasted Maple Necks. I also have a Fender Channel-Bound Neck (perfect, with NO skunk stripe issue) and a Fender Select Blackwood that has a Skunk-Striped neck (also perfect). The reason that I'm being so critical is because I'm replacing the original neck on my MIM Strat that had the skunk stripe pop out and the frets needed to at a minimum level/recrown, but possibly need a refret. Hence my attention to the skunk stripe (in fact, I would prefer to get one without, but I don't see that option from fender for a 12" radius roasted neck). I don't feel that a NEW, off the shelf, neck for $300-$350 from Fender should look like this. Maybe I am being picky (that why I asked you guys for your opinion), but if this is the norm, then I DON'T want one of these necks from Fender and I will just get something from Warmoth, etc.