Well, if they were "relicing" the body I'm glad they stopped! Hopefully I can find a way to touch up the stain and blend it in so it looks halfway decent. A lot of people don't like the knobs that come with it, I personally think they look cool, definitely retro. Not sure why they were changed out, I'm looking for something else to replace the replacements with. I really like the mini 'buckers, they definitely have a unique sound! I think I'm going to enjoy this guitar for a long time.