Let me start by saying this is a build/stability question, NOT a tonewood discussion. I was pining after a 1999 Fender American Precision Hot Rod for months and eventually gave up, building a cheap replica in its place. Seymour Duncan pickups, Squier body, maple Mightymite neck, Hipshot bridge, Mexican Fender tuners. Shortly after I finished it the Hot Rod went up for sale and I snagged it (it's a string-through passive PJ bass). Thing is: I prefer the sound of the cheap build but the frets are unplayable above the 10th fret. Half of them fret out, the terrible profile has been sanded down but still isn't as nice as my Mexican or American basses, and the overall feel is sub-par - but it sounds incredible. The American bass is stock except for strap locks and the pickguard. Both basses look identical at a glance. Is it worth my money to get the Mightmite neck professionally leveled? Would I be better off buying a Warmoth replacement? In other words, how much does wood actually matter long term? Hate to open this can of worms again but I'm at an impasse.