Yep, its true. I built this strat from parts sourced everywhere. The body was from a forum member-2 piece ash=$50, neck is a Warmoth birdseye from Ebay=$200, Wilkinson trem,Schaller tuners,various parts from Warmoth=$250, Duncan Custom and Dimarzio Area pickups from all over about $100. Thats about $600 for the whole thing and to tell you the truth, its better that any other strat ive owned! And there has been a few! Oh, and i did the finish!! Even had a guy make a waterslide with my name. I guess im saying that if your thinking about building something similair, you should go for it. Its very rewarding!!