Crack or Finish Crack?


New Member
Mar 10, 2013
I've got a PRS SE Custom 22 (discontinued, to my knowledge) that I bought off the floor at Sam Ash about 4-5 years ago. Plays excellent despite the fact it has a few dings here and there, otherwise an excellent guitar.

For whatever reason, I've noticed this on both sides of the base of the neck/fretboard for the first time

Part of me wants to say it's a finish crack (on one side at least) because I did not see any cracks in the wood connecting to the fretboard, but I'm not sure. I mean the thing plays fine, should I even worry?
A little hard to tell from pics but just looks like crack in finish to me.

Yeah the side where you can see the wood I'm thinking is a finish crack, I'm just really not sure with the other side, which I didn't even notice until I ran my finger on it.
I have the same type of cracks on my old se custom 22 and I'm fairly sure they're just finish cracks.
It looks like a crack in the finish. But if you put pressure on the headstock and bend the neck up slightly, does the crack open up? if so, it could be the sign of something more serious. If you are in any doubt, just pop it into your local guitar shop.