I purchased a new 70s Vintage Modified from Sweetwater a few months ago. One thing I noticed and has bothered me from the beginning is that when I play an open E chord, the palm of my hand mutes the high E string. It does not happen on any other of my guitars electric or acoustic. So I modified how play that chord when playing the VM but wondered why this neck was different. Then I also noted that the high E string would also easily drop off the fret too which is frustrating. So I've done some measuring and comparing with my Affinity Strat. What I found is that they are very different and now I wonder if there is something wrong with the neck. Per my rep at Sweetwater I've tried loosening the neck and moving it in the neck pocket and it's helped maybe a little, but by comparison, there's about twice as much distance between the the string and the edge of the fretboard on my Affinity. According to spec, the VM has a 1.65" nut and the Affinity has a narrower 1.6" so theoretically, the Affinity should have less space between the string and the edge. He's some pictures and I'm hoping that one of you guys with a VM can post what your measurements are. I'm pretty close to either sending it back to Sweetwater for repair or taking it to the local Fender repair center which is Guitar Center. What do you think, does this need to go back? Is this normal? I'm not going to do any real luthier work on it yet like sanding the neck or the pocket. This is at the third fret. The left is the VM with only 2/64 to the fret bevel and the Affinity with quite a bit more with like 5/64. You can see that there's 6/64 between the string and the edge of the fretboard. These two show that the inter-string distance is identical so it does not seem to be that the nut has been filed incorrectly.