Try the SX http://www.rondomusic.com/stl503ts.html I don't know anything about the kits, so I won't comment there. But the SX guitars are a steal for the price and a perfect base for upgrades. Lets be honest here you don't buy a $109 guitar as an investemnt, you buy it to play. I have 5 SX guitars so far and love each of them. In my opinion the hardware is as good or better than the Squires as are the pups, but the necks and bodies are generally better. And the customer service is excellent. Do some research on the web. I think you'll find they have an excellent reputation.