My parts-Strat was professionally assembled and set up, after I royally screwed up the assembly on my own. But, what took me all night took my tech an hour to fix. My 50's-tribute Tele (brought to you by Rockaudio) has its own share of issues...The neck pocket was all sorts of goobery, so the neck itself sits weird. The action is sky-high on the high E string due to the neck sitting crooked. I botched the neck install by trying to shoehorn some grommets into the back of the body before wising up and putting a neckplate on. And, the control cavity is shallow, so the switch doesn't fit. But, it works...It sounds great, and I love the blend wiring. My former parts-based Ibanez worked and sounded like an entry-level import guitar...save for the fact that the neck was a quarter inch too long, and it never intonated properly. So, my experiences have been less than desirable. But, with each step, I'm learning.