While waiting on some process with my Saga build, I turned to my POS mandolin to continue the process of tearing it apart. I noticed that the neck was (possibly) out of whack, and no matter how I measured it against a straight edge, I couldn't quite see it. So then it hit me that right about knee level on one of my shelves is a laser level I use to hang pictures and piss off the dog. So I took it out and fooled around to see if that gave me some idea of what was going on. I think it told me what I wanted to know:
These first four are slowly rotating the fretboard down from head to butt ("pitching"): I believe it shows that the fretboard gently slopes:
The next two--I was trying to figure out if the edges of the fretboards were straight. The one on the bass side (first two photos) looks pretty good ...
But on the treble side ... not so much:
What all of this tells me (if I read it right) that there is a dip in the neck right about frets 3, 4 and 5--which is where I thought I saw it. And it's possible that the neck is twisted, which might be why the laser shows up pretty straight on the bass side, but not the treble. The laser also showed me that the frets are all at different angles and heights as well.
At least, I think that's what it all shows me. If you think I'm misinterpreting, please let me know.
*"Brilliant" ... as in laser ...?