You make some great points, Terry! I think another dimension to this is about what specific things you hold dear. My business partner (an engineer) was for a long time trying to convince me to use metal dowels to reference a fretboard to the neck shaft while gluing, entombing them in there, and I just couldn't get behind it. In the end I re-engineered my "internal skunk stripe" (like the Gibson design, whatever the proper name is for it) to perform this job instead. This took a long time to get right and increased the time it takes and the stock size and jigging requirements a fair bit. But that's a price I was happy to pay. I later discovered that PRS does something similar so I'm sure using metal dowels is obviously a totally sensible and reasonable process to use. I just didn't like it somehow, it felt like I could solve the problem another way without putting pieces of metal in my neck. My point is, that's probably an irrational thing for me to think. For heaven's sake, you're playing notes on little bits of metal stuck in the neck! It was only the fact that I got hung up on it, and maybe that was more 'me' than 'it'. It became this red-line principle of mine, a hill to die on, that I didn't want to be introducing any new elements. Sure, "no-one will ever notice" applies here! Certainly visually, probably in the sound as well. But I wanted to hold to that principle. And my point is, those little points of principle are quite unique to each person, like little superstitions sometimes.