Bought a new vintage modified Squier Jazz that I've been modifying and after noticing some creaking in the neck especially while tuning to pitch decided to remove the neck for a look. I discovered that from the two bolts closest to the body back to the pocket where the butt of the neck joins the body that there is a taper down in the surface. That is to say that the surface dips down from those two bolt holes back to the body. My initial reaction was ***? I spoke to the tech at GC who reminded me that Squier's dont have the same QC as more expensive Fenders and that if I tighten the screws down properly it should not matter as it is flat where the screws are and doesn't drop. I took a business card and cut a piece in the shape of the area with some extra material closest to the heel butt and torqued it down pretty good. After some fun with the truss rod it seems better and there is much less "creaking". I've read some other threads, but not seen anything about a "shaved" neck pocket like mine. Its a nice light body and with the duncan pups and CTS pots and an orange drop tone cap sounds mighty nice (mine has the maple neck with white block inlays). Don't want to return it, but am wondering if there is something I might do to level out the pocket properly?