That's a really well made ash body, in hot rod red. I'm not crazy about that color red, though I do like some of the other retro colors. I think the ash body is what I'm after, but most of the retro-painted ones are over an alder body. The two woods are very different in themselves, but I don't know what difference it would make to the sound. Fender used has both woods over the decades (as well as poplar, which they discontinued). Alder is not shock resistant (dents easily), while ash is very shock resistant. White ash is about twice as strong as alder in most ways and is 1/3 more dense than alder. That might translate to something in the sound, though. Though the thought of actually putting a guitar together is compelling, I can't believe that fitting a neck to a body is as simple as just screwing it on. It might be that after I get a good neck and all the fixings, I would have just as well bought that one Mark Knopfler guitar already made from MF.