As far as I know you are just some guy on the internet spouting opinion as well. So as long as you don't work for one of the companies we are discussing then we will agree that you know about as much as I know. I would kindly suggest not talking down to me. Justify your purchases anyway you want. What you described was grain filler. That is not epoxy OR putty. It is common practice in treating grain on instrument bodies (transparent and solid colors) so it has a nice even flat finish. What the previous poster was describing was large gouges and damages done while cutting the wood that they wood puttied up and gave a solid finish to. Again....I have never seen any stripped Fenders that had putty in gouges. If you have some photos feel free to post them up. Either way my opinion stands that this is sloppy work for a company that charges that high of a premium. Feel free to disagree but I am done with it as long as you feel like talking down to people.