I'm standing by my passive/aggresive comment.
Well then...you jinxed it. Happy now???
Top coats super thin...maybe 4 or 5 max. I'll get sinkage, but I will rough the body up a bit once it's fully hardened. The body rings out loud, with a distinct chime in the upper registers.
The pickups are Q Pickups - hot A5 set with an overwound bridge (about 7.6k). They sound very good.
Hardware is mostly Fender USA stuff.
The neck is huge. Maybe have to spoke shave it down a little more. Frets - well, I don't like thin frets but these are tall so I can make them work. Easy enough to change out if no good.
FYI DIY - the dots on the neck were too bright for a vintage type look so I mixed up some lacquer tint (brown/amber) and gently applied. Rubbed off after 5 mins.
Just played through the BTR23 and man, it is soooo good to have Strat tones I'm pleased with.
"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible god and destroys a visible nature. Unaware that this nature he's destroying is this god he's worshipping." - Hubert Reeves