I don't have a true partscaster as it started out as a stock CV tele bought new. I first changed to dome knobs just for aesthetics. Then about a year later swapped in a Lollar CC neck pickup and Duncan QP bridge. Then I swapped to CTS pots and PIO cap. Then a few months later swapped in a Wilkenson dual load bridge. Then about year later swapped to Gibson style tulip tuners (Gotoh). Then a friend gave my a solderless wiring harness that allows you to switch tone cap values with dip switches. After about 6 years I wore down some frets so much that some needed to be replaced. I decided to swap the entire neck for a Fender MIM Classic 50s instead of paying of fret job. CV Tele: $299 (bought when the first came out) Dome knobs $25 Lollar CC $175 Duncan QP $80. Wilkenson bridge: $30 Gotoh Tuners$ 50 CTS pots and Vit. T cap: $20. Fender MIM neck $150 (coupon) Total cost is aprrox. $800 over the course of about 7 years. It's not my only guitar (have about 10), but it's my only tele. If I had to do it all over again, I probably still would. However if I bought a second tele I'd go with something in the vein of a Nocaster and still keep this one as they'd be quite different. If I started out with a more expensive tele, I'd probably still had put a CC neck pickup and matching output bridge and topload/dual load bridge. The only think original to the CV on it now is the body, neck plate and screws, and control plate.