Finished with several coats of Tru-Oil - easy to use, but not a very hard finish it appears. The body is 1.5 inches thick - not as thick as a Fender, I believe. I left off the electronics to see if the guitar would play OK before I spent more effort on it. One or two HB pickups may go in rather than the included loaded pickguard. I set the whammy up to float with (included) 9's strings. Too light for me. Standard 10s will be better. Stays in tune remarkably well, even with (included) precut plastic nut. Fun to re-learn the ins and outs of claw adjustment, 6-screw bridge adjustment, spring tension, etc. Many years since my last Strat. Whammy screws in correctly, but feels loose. Plumber's tape? This is a good enough kit for 78 bucks. The neck fit very well. I used a "Drillblock" drilling guide and an electric screwdriver with a drill chuck to drill all neck holes, bridge mounting holes, etc. Frets did not need leveling, but I filed down the slightly sharp edges along the neck. Would I do it again? Maybe. I'll post again when the electronics are in.