Got the blow out neck today from Musicians Friend. I bought one of the MM/G&L 5 string necks for a new construction. Real quick shipping as usual from MF. I swear, I haven't had the first bit of trouble from those guys - they've been great. The rest of the story pretty much sucks though...Took the neck out of the copious packing only find the entire freboard extension had been broken off where it meets the heel of the neck I'm no engineer, I just play one in the backyard but it seems to me that it's a flaw to put the 23rd fret at precisely that point where it would be the weakest to break off, and that's exactly what it did. The slot provided 2/3 of the break and FedEX did the rest. It begs the question of why there isn't any reinforcement in that portion of the fretboard. Fortunately MF was quick to accept return and I'll be getting another. Read on and see how that might not be a good thing after all... Now on to the rest of the neck. This is my first foray into the high tech world of composites and I was extremely excited to have found the blowout and been able to see what it was all about for so little. That's why this neck comes as such a disappointment. The fretwork on it is not playable. By my count 9 of the 24 frets are so distorted that it is going to require a complete releveling and recrowning to get this thing right. The frets literally are humped in the middle, dip down, then flare up and the ends. The distortion is so pronounced that you can feel it with your finger as you run it across the fret. The only thing about doing a fret leveling on this neck is the issue of fret size. This thing has mandolin frets in it. I just compared the frets to the frets in my sons Washburn D-100 acoustic guitar and the Moses' frets are half the size. What the hell is going on here?? The website says Dunlop jumbo fretwire. And I've got some StewMac jumbo fretwire in my shop and it is WAY bigger than whatever is in this neck. I don't understand this at all So other than it's broken and the factory didn't make it like it was supposed to. there's nothing wrong with it at all I read every thread I could get my eyballs on before buying this neck. After doing that, I was convinced that the complaints I was reading were mostly based on misconceptions of what the product was, how it was to be installed, and misunderstandings with Steve himself. Those may all still be true but I'm much more skeptical now about the products viability and company itself than I was before seeing this neck. Coincidentally, I purchased a neck from our friends at Rondo - a 5 string also - and it arrived yesterday. It was an astounding neck with killer fret quality and finish. The cost of that neck was less than dinner for 3 at Red Lobster. If I had opened that box up and found a neck of the quality of the Moses, I would not have found that surprising. But when a $550+ retail/$300+ discount neck has issues like the frets on this, I've got a big problem with that. This isn't a simple QC problem.