I have an MN5 LPB strat. No gap like that. I do, however, have an 80s copy that after a lot of experiments, has a gap like that at the neck. Seems like a lot wrong with that one. And a lot of mystery. Stainless frets? And he just *thinks* they SS? Um no. THe s/n on mine appears to have two different fonts, the MN5 part, then the number in the run. And 450? Um no. Mine was priced at 350 and hung on the store's wall for a year. I got for $250. Of course that was 5 years ago or so. BUt no real reason to pay 450 for a bunch of mystery.