I like building budget teles. They are good practice to somebody like me who is still a bit green, and it's fun to sell/give them to cash-strapped beginner players when I'm done. While I love pickup wiring and finishing/refinishing, I'm not really motivated to learn how to make necks at this stage (and lack a lot of the the tools I would need to do so), so I'm always on the look-out for inexpensive yet relatively usable necks. My experience with necks from GFS has been... not great. I like their pickups; I like a lot of their electronics. I even like some of their el-cheapo bodies... The necks are just awful. Maybe the couple I ordered were dogs and I might give them another chance or two, but generally speaking, it's a $50 neck for $50 plus shipping. For the moment, the most reliable way I'm finding to get a hold of CHEAP yet beginner-worthy guitar necks is: 1. Watch Craigslist for budget strats and strat copies. (Squier, Peavey, Yamaha, and various wonders of the J&R catalog.) 2. If the neck is good (or only has problems that are fixable) and they are willing to part with the guitar for $40 or less, buy it. 3. Put new tuners and/or a new nut on the neck. Chuck everything else in the parts bin. 4. Fix any fret issues, refinish as desired, set action after it's mounted. Not only do you end up with a neck (which you pre-inspected and cherry-picked) for less than the cost of an unfinished "paddle-head" neck from GFS, but you add to the bin of sometimes-useful parts (audio taper pots, pickups for Nashville builds, 5-way switches, etc.) so I find that this is more often than not the better way to go. Sometimes the heel needs to be reshaped a bit, and you may need to change things up to accommodate differing lengths or nut widths... but more often than not (especially if you manage to find a "closet classic" from somebody that got a guitar for Christmas one year and never bothered to learn to play) you end up with a neck that needs less work than one of those GFS jobs. Every once in a while, you also end up scoring a relatively desirable Strat body which you can clean up a bit and then turn around and sell to people who like assembling custom strats, which means the neck ends up costing you damn near $0. Anybody else find good neck sources for those garage-projects that you don't want to buy a brand stinkin' new Warmoth or graphite Mighty Mite for? I'm talking about those projects where you want the whole guitar to cost less than what some of the well-established "good" necks usually go for.