Even with the deeper pocket, I still have the problem of the fretboard overhand resting on the body with the 1/8" gap. It might be ok if I had a 21 fret neck
I am not a luthier, but your statement above has me
if the pocket is too deep and the fret board is resting on the body, would you not want a shim to actually lift it?
The other issue I have is that I can't see any of the pictures you are posting- so maybe I am missing something.
Yeah, some people can see them, some cannot. I'm linking them through google drive.
The problem I have is that the neck pocket depth is 1 1/16", the shim (old kramer factory shims) measure to about 1/8" inch in thickness.
This allows for the neck overhang rest on the top of the body. Which is all well and good, but the neck angle is too steep.
So at this point, I'm going to make a 1/8" thick full neck pocket shim to correct it.
I originally didn't want to do this, but sanding the top of the body directly under the fretboard overhand to allow the neck to sit in the pocket would probably damage the finish.