Report A Complete Guide To Truss Rods pt. 2 in Guitar Anatomy Class Posted September 26, 2020 The problem that is progressing needs stopping in its tracks, that's for sure. I'm not an expert on Strats by a long shot, and I am sure this is not a unique case. I would seek opinion from the Fenderhead community, as common issues are often handled with common and established repairs. In general I think the most minimally-invasive techniques should be the ones considered first unless a sure-fire solution is identified, in which case go with what works. I would imagine that the compressed wood is going to continue to present problems, and might be something requiring careful drilling out and dowelling. The glueup would be long grain, and hence strong. Again, see what the Fender community agree on as the most appropriate measure. I'm sure as a second opinion it will provide you with more confidence that the direction you go is correct.