We build these entry level guitars for two reasons. Playability and affordability. We want these instruments to sound good but we also want to keep costs in check. Some pickups, tuners, and other hardware might be "used" name brands or could be new lesser brands but the results we desire are the same. A good sound at a great price. Also, we think a unique look is a very important. aspect of our product line. Consequently, we are always experimenting with finishes and techniques. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But it is well worth the effort and risk to bring to you something that will stand out in a crowd. See for yourself.