Okay, I love partscasters. I love the idea, I love the threads, I love seeing what people come up with - I've built a couple myself, and modded many other guitars, and I learned a hell of a lot. What bothers me is this: Lots of partscaster threads start like this: "Just put this together [description, pics, great]. It sounds fantastic and plays like butter!" Now, I cannot be alone in having had niggling, long-term, sometimes unresolved problems with the guitars I've put together. The two guitars I put together from scratch did not sound fantastic and play like butter straight away. Indeed, 3 years on my hardtail strat still buzzes like a hornets' nest on the low strings, whatever I do with it. I had problems with paint, neck pockets, shims, pots, soldering, crummy homemade pickguards (my fault), you name it. And, as I said, it can't just be me. So, time to 'fess up. Did your partscaster really sound fantastic and play like butter as soon as you put in the last screw?? Really?? Don't get me wrong: I have no problem with tinkering and trying to get my guitars as good as they can over the long term. It's a journey, a learning curve. I just want to hear other people say: "yep, made me a partsy and it took me months to tweak it into life. At times I screamed at the damn thing, despaired, stubbed my thumb, bled into the neck joint, chipped the finish, screwed up the screw holes . . . I'm Partacus!!" Are you?