Hi all. I'm new here. I was looking around for a "Tele shaped object" that would be inexpensive and good raw material to do a nice setup and install whatever pickups and electronics I felt like. A friend had this Chinese Andy Summers replica that he no longer needs (he now owns one of the 250 real ones) and offered to trade it to me. The item I would trade is worth about $350-400 and is well built and everything in top shape (no need to go into what it is - let's just say I would be buying the AS Tele replica for $350-400) On the outside, it looks pretty good but it has some really annoying "bottom of the barrel Chinese junk" things that have me thinking a Squier Affinity or Bullet would be way better quality raw material (and I wouldn't be considering either of those as worthy enough raw material for what I wanted to make). But then I keep being seduced by the look of the thing - and to be fair, the neck is a chunky V that I quite like. I'm hoping you guys can sway me one way or the other - right now I'm thinking "no" I couldn't live with it .. but it would be fun to try and put it right. The things that bug me most: The control cavity is completely wrong and left the top too thin - the wood screw for the chrome control plate has nothing to bite into so I'd have to glue in some wood blocks to give it some support. And it's just cheesy - why in the world did they route out such a completely wrong and huge cavity? The string thru ferrules are drilled crooked. None of the controls are wired to do anything useful (they are just tossed in there for show and flipping the switches just kills the pickups - it's easy enough to wire it up with better components (and an actual boost preamp) and wire it correctly but the fact that the builder threw this crap in there makes me wonder if there is even a working truss rod in the neck? (though the neck is nice and straight and the frets are level - I think my friend probably had the frets redone after he got it). The tuning machines feel like grinding sand - probably the cheap Chinese gears breaking teeth off. Easy enough to replace with quality machines but, again, if the builder put these on I can guess the truss rod threads will strip and the bridge saddle screws will strip etc. What say you?