Howdy,I just joined the fourm and running accross by mistake. I was reading about the question reguarding the "Skunk stripe" on the rear of Fender necks. I beleve it's used to put the truss rod in Maple finger board neck as the rosewood necks don't have them or at least mine dosen't. On the Squier basses,I bought one on e-bay for a hundred bucks to keep mye kids from trying to play my bass. I was very impressed with the Squier. No, I was shocked as how nice it was. Why would any one spend $1000 and up for a different decal on the head stock? I just ordered some Schallers and EMG's. I'll throw some Roto-sounds on it and go. I've been playing for 30 years and have played alot of basses. Just my opinion,but you know what they say about opinions.