There definitely a place for a neck jig IMO. I have a 64 Rickenbacker 300 Series in for a re-fret and with the dual-rod slackened, it has back-bow. Without a jig I wouldn't be able to re-fret this. I'm out this weekend to collect the parts for the Matt Vinson jig. It will cost me around £100.00 [GBP] which is about $150.00 and is a massive saving on the Stewmac one I considered buying (until I got the shipping/import tax quote taking me over £400.00)...
This thread has been dead for over 5 years.
In situations like this (responding to threads over a month or two old), it's generally better to start a new thread, if information is requested or you have something significant to add. It gives you a 'fresh chance' to get current advice.
Good luck on getting that Rik back into shape. :)
There are guys making knock-offs of the wooden Erlewine neck jig. Can't find the guy who sold them on eBay but Twanger is displaying them on Facebook.