I built a couple successful pine teles, as have many others. In fact, I'd have to say the best playing tele in my stable is a sugar pine with a USACG neck and pickups from a CS pine Esquire. So feeling the urge to create a new strat (after my son started playing and claimed my best one), I snagged a pine body on ebay from Danny Hines. Did a search to see which direction other builders took it and found only a few isolated mentions of pine strats. Why is that? Granted there is no equivalent in strat legend to the pine esquire, but since strats have been made of every wood that sprouts out of the Earth, as well and lucite, aluminum and who knows what else, this shouldn't stop anybody. I'm building one. Anybody else running pine strats or harboring strong opinions on the issue?