what's the goal? conspicuous consumption or playing music. though the reliced guitars are deliberately ugly as sin, it doesn't matter because they might be excellent instruments. for the uninitiated bright and shiny, with lots of appointments could be mistaken for the superior instrument. I'm in actuality a form follows function guy. I bought a mini strat and made some changes, it looks like a kids toy, especially with the blizzard of hello kitty stickers on it. the scale length is that of a standard lap steel, the string tension is that of my lap steel. not very impressive to look at a child size strat.