I have recently created my own Stratocaster by taking a $10 Hamer Slammer body and painting it purple. I put on a Squier neck on it and then put in a loaded pickguard, which took some tweeking to fit properly. All in all, not too bad for a first attempt. I have included some pictures. Note the subtle differences in size between the purple Strat, the blue Squier and my American hardtail.