I have modded a Chinesse Squire after a 50$ purchase, and ugrades as follows +18$ bridge saddles for import +80$ slotted bone nut and set neck (outsource) +25$ GFS solid steel tremelo block (no audible change) +18$ black pickguard (looks cool black on black) +280$ USACG neck, ebony fingerboard, compound radius abalone face and side dots +95$ Schaller f series staggered height, locking +15$ chrome colored plastic knob and pickup covers +85$ fezz parka harness w option for series/parallel +93$. set of single coil set custom pickups, delivered +150$ TSA Case Even without the case your up to 759$ US. Today I can do the bone nut and neck set myself. But it's tricky. Could take a few days. Still 20$ for the nut and time spent. If I did it myself. Forget the large block. -25$ Still ~ 680$. No case. Unless you REALLY like modding tweaking , I'd say buy up. Aim high. If you Do like mods and upgrades, I'll be your best friend.