Well there's been so many SX threads lately and lots of hype going on about them. Some players say they're the best thing since sliced bread and some say they suck. The same can be said of Fenders or any other make though, so who really knows? Many people (myself included) are happy with them. Many compare them favorably with MIM Fenders. But let's get some voicings from those who have gone deep into the guts of these things and seen what they're really made of. But let's get some expert opinions here on the real build quality of these basses. With so many other threads on SX basses to share personal opinions already, I'd like to limit this one mainly to those who have built or worked on many basses and can say truthfully what they think of the construction. You can talk about hardware and electronics if you want, but I'm more interested in materials used and the construction process quality. IS a piece of Alder with SX printed on it as good as the ones that say Fender (MIM) on them? Are the necks and bodies as durable as a Fender (or other similar model basses)? We all know hardware and electronics can be changed and upgraded, but bad pieces of wood are bad pieces of wood. In my personal experience of AB'ing an SX P with my old MIM P. With the same strings on, they sounded very similar acoustically. This leads me to believe that the pieces of wood used in both are probably of similar quality (as good or bad as that may be), correct? So what is the real deal with these basses? Can Team actually produce solid, reliable, useable instruments at such a price point? We all know fretwork isn't the best, but who expects it to be at $100? My question to those fine bass-builders out there, is whether or not the necks and bodies on these basses (construction-wise) are solid enough to be worthwhile modding/and or getting fretjobs. Obviously lots of people gig with these right out of the box, and record with them and everything, but I'm more looking for, if you could mod a Fender or an SX with the same stuff, would they be as good at the end after the necessary work, regardless of resale value and all that? I myself am a big fan of my SX (I've had 2 before) and have been modding it to my liking and using to to improve my guitar/bass tech skills with setups and things, but i'm also realistic in what I expect from it. Let's hear from the pros on this matter since it's such a hot topic as of late.