If I am going to order the parts to put together the guitar I really want, then I will select the parts that I want because, as I said, "I want to buy quality components because this will be a keeper for me." Just to be crystal clear......if I go down this road, then I will select the parts as I have specified in my original post and I will not make any changes. I did not ask for alternatives or suggestions from anyone. I simply stated my goal and that it was looking unlikely due to the cost and I did make the comment "Interesting isn't it?" in my first post, because that's the reason for the post!! As I've said a couple of time...I'm not crying about it, that's just the way it is. My second choice could be to modify a Squier, assuming I like the feel of it when I get to actually play around with one......or......I may choose the ES 339.