I have "built" quite a few Fender partscasters over the past few years, making them exactly the way I wanted them to look and perform using almost exclusively new, genuine Fender parts. As so often happens when you get GAS for buying or building guitars, I ended up with a realization that I simply have too many very nice guitars to use, enjoy, and maintain and I decided that I would try to "unload" some of the partscasters (Strats and Teles). So I went to my buddy's guitar shop and approached him with an idea that seemed reasonable to me. The point was to upgrade the quality of the my "keepers" and pay for it by trading in some of my "herd". So, I verbally offered 4 Strats, 2 Teles, and 1 Jaguar for a very up scale guitar with a selling price of right at $2500 including tax. I thought that was a very generous offer as the guitars I was offering are VERY nice and virtually flawless. He said it sounded good to him, so today I took the 7 guitars to him to "do the deal". Of course, my buddy went over my trade-ins with a fine tooth comb and found a couple of fret sprouts, an assumed "neck flaw" on one of them, and all sorts of needed maintenance he would have to do in order to get them ready for sale in his shop (he's a good guy and sharp business guy, so I don't fault him for doing these inspections). After all this was done, he offered me an average of $250 each for my trade in guitars against a $2500 new guitar. That means that each partscaster I had built at a cost of about $600 to $1000 was worth $250 in trade and maybe $325 in outright sale! This was not a surprise as I knew the financial "downside" to building a partscaster, but this event really drove the point home. I only offer this as a reminder to those of you who like to upgrade and modify new guitars to be extremely careful about keeping original parts or building from scratch. It is almost NEVER a good financial decision to build a partscaster. Needless to say, I brought all 7 of my guitars home with me and have decided that just having them around is worth more than selling them at 30% of what they cost!!!