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Marks under neck look somewhat like scorch marks and the space between edge of neck and purfling an indication that a wider neck once sat in place of the current neck?

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A wider neck is possible, but it's more likely that that bits of top wood next to the neck were lost during top removal/replacement or during neck removal/resetting.  Then the missing bits of top wood were unskillfully replaced with what you're seeing.  It may look like scorching, but it's not.

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2 hours ago, Brad Dorsey said:

A wider neck is possible, but it's more likely that that bits of top wood next to the neck were lost during top removal/replacement or during neck removal/resetting.  Then the missing bits of top wood were unskillfully replaced with what you're seeing.  It may look like scorching, but it's not.

How would wood be lost/removed in that particular area when removing the neck?

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Sometimes bits of top wood remain glued to the neck when the neck or the top is removed.  The bits get removed from the neck and they disintegrate or they get lost or they are discarded.  And sometimes saw cuts are made in the top edge before removing the neck or the top, so the kerf-width of the saw cut is lost on each side of the neck.

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Looks like gorped on varnish ,that is really quite dark when not spread out, it is not uncommon to varnish with a fingerboard still attached, nor is it uncommon for a brush to swipe the underside of the fingerboard and drip later, nor is it uncommon for that area to not get smoothed out properly .

It also could be rosin build up that was half ass cleaned over the years and started to build up and smear down with mild solvent based cleaners.

So, looks like goo.

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