About the wood taken away from the neck joint. I haven't had any issues with it what-so-ever. It's sturdy as it's ever been. And I really don't plan on dropping it to test it's sturdiness, haha.
But yeah, it's fantastic. Never been happier with it. And I have some crappy pics of the Xiphos up in my profile. Not a lot of work done to it yet, just electronics mods. But I plan on doing some heavy duty work to it just like my 7321. I'll definately post pics on that when I get it done.