A common theme I've seen over the past nine years of being a TalkBass member is the idea that a well-built Squier is a great platform for modifications and experimentation. Being able to do that without risking a crushing amount of money can be quite liberating. Some say it's like "putting lipstick on a pig". Personally, I don't buy that. I say a good instrument is still a good instrument, no matter what factory or country it came from. Who cares if someone puts $300 or more worth of electronics into a bass that cost as much, or even less than that? If it feels good in your own damn hands and sounds damn fine in the process, then it's no one's damn business other than your own. So, if you've scored a great modding platform, or put together an instrument from parts you've sought out and curated on your own, be proud of your accomplishment…I know I am!