Just what I've heard on this board- the new run is much better than the old. Check out the paulownia bodies I've heard they're light with great tone. I've seen a few partscasters with new gfs bodies here and I think the consensus is they're much improved and actually quite nice.
With how inexpensive they are it might be worth giving them a try. You will most likely have to drill the ferrule holes.
If this serves as an endorsement, I certainly will use a GFS body for my next partscaster.