Been having some StratoGAS lately, despite my haemorraging cash on that Starplayer TV Phonic last friday... I was thinking to myself.... 'Jeez, my strat is already perfect for me, but I just want something I can 'beat on'. Now that may sound completely arrogant or stupid to some of you. My problem is I love my strat and I also love it the way it is - in perfect condition - honestly, you would be hard pressed to know it was 8 years old, given how much it gets played. What worries me the most, is that every strat I pick up in stores, feels 'wrong' to me. So my question is for those who have partscastered before to get what they want, and how they rate it compared to a new(ish) american 'elite' or 'professional' or whatever the latest term for top of the line US strat is these days. My idea was Do I buy a fender branded guitar in a colour I like and go from there, or do I partscaster and hit up stratosphere and warmouth etc and build my own. My problem is I want a nitro finish on my neck and body preferably also nitro, but not a deal-killer on the body. I would happily refin, but at the same time understand that can blowout costs to the point where a cheap guitar with some reworking could eclipse the 'net worth' of a refinish job alone. Just after your experiences.