I sort of like the partscasteer I put together, mainly the relic finish I put on it which involved sanding down the body's finish close to a Fender "thin finish". It was a helluva lot of working sanding that body about 30-40 times with a fine grit car polish to achieve "realistic" wear. My only problem is that I tried to save a hundred dollars by buying a Mexican body. I'd heard a variety of reports of the quality of Mexican bodies vs American ones, and it seemed like a good trade off - cheaper and almost as good. The only thing that bugged me was that it was a bit heavy. A year later and just today I ran across these photos taken by someone who visited the Ensenada plant and took some pics to show the guitar making process there. Here's a link to his photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view...d=4994460859839283217&iid=4994463468100583442 Now these pics make me want to trash my Mexican body ... and the work I did laboriously relicing it. I had no idea how terribly these Mexican bodies are constructed. Ten pieces of wood and a veneer. Veneer!. Total junk, IMO. Oh man, I wish I never would have found these pictures. Curiosity killed the cat, I suppose.... Quote: "These multi-piece Alder bodies have been prepped with an alder veneer, destined for Standard Strat and Tele production. (Trans finishes). Before you start yelping about the multi piece body, just remember that this guitar is 25% the price of the USA equivilant." Now that I've seen these, I wouldn't give you 10 cents for a Mexican body. And this comes on the heels of science concluding Strativarius violins sound so good because the rings are wonderfully even on a SINGLE piece of wood, so that they resonate perfectly. Perfect rings? With these you'd be lucky damn matches in size on these slabs of kindling. Anybody want to buy a relic'd Mexican start body?