( I originaly published this document in the variax guitars group, However I decided to place this document here, being that this group is variax 300 exclusive in nature) I purchased my variax 300 in early 2006 and loved it's sonic capabilities, however the neck was a mess, crudely finished with overextended frets, unfinished nut, less than desirable tuning machine heads. The variax 300 neck itself is just fine, nice and thin, the way I like it. The big FLAW lies within the frets and the nut. After a few days of fret and nut filing, tuning machine head replacement, bridge inonation and truss rod adjustment, I was able to render my variax 300 extremely playable. Wthin one year I gradually noticed what became severe fret wear, I started searching the web for a replacement neck and discovered that high quality replacement necks were priced at any where between $300 to over $500 bucks. After extensive research, I settled on the budget minded mighty mite tele neck, priced at $150 shipping included from a reputable source. You can buy mighty mite tele necks online for $79, Beware, these necks are likely to be factory rejects. The mighty mite neck did not fit the variax 300 neck pocket as well my research led me to believe and the neck heal was thicker from the backside to the fretboard of the heal, creating a problem with the bridge saddle height adjustment screws, extending the bridge saddle height adjustment screws to there limit , so i needed to place a narrow metal shim under the bridge saddles to shorten the distance and so it did not interfere with the individual bridge saddle pickup wires. With a lot of handwork, the neck mounted and adjusted, the variax 300 with the mighty mite tele neck became a very playable guitar, until about a year and half later when fret wear and neck warping problems ( requiring constant truss rod and bridge adjustments) were totally out of control. I threw in the towel, having other guitars, I gig bagged it and tossed it in the closet. In march 2010, I was in a music store playing a fender squire strat bullet, I was amazed at not the guitar itself, but rather it's neck. I had a brainstorm (a possible variax neck replacement solution). I shopped around the net and ordered a fender squire strat bullet for $119.99 ( less expensive than the mighty mite neck) from sweetwater ($119.99 is the going price at most stores), It was delivered a few days later. I played it for a while before i dismembered it. The neck felt great. I removed the squire neck then removed the variax neck. I placed the squire neck into the variax neck pocket (smooth fit), placing it upside down on my workbench, i checked the bolt on neck screw alignment, the two inside neck pocket holes lined up and the two outside neck pocket holes did not , so I marked, drilled and mounted the neck with ease. I swopped out the tuning machine heads, removed the bridge shim that I placed under the variax bridge saddles, strung it up and made neck and bridge adjustments. WOW!! This variax played so much better than it ever did (including it's sound). Then I easily sold the squire body on ebay to recoup some money back from the squire purchase. Only time will tell if this was a good choice. This very well might be the best variax neck replacement solution for the price. NOTE OF INTEREST: I believe the fender squire strat bullet neck is well made and finished, even though the squire is made in china, it seems that they are very determind to manufacture a quality product for fender.I think the frets might be stainless steel, but I can't be sure. Additionally, I recently picked up another variax 300 for $75 and performed the same neck replacement procedure as mentioned (above) in this document. I am now fairly convinced that this neck replacement technique seems to do the trick at an unbeatable price considering that quality fret jobs and high quality replacement necks are very expensive. I still have the original variax 300 necks, with hopes of eventually doing a stainless steel fret job and a finely finished nut replacement myself, rendering them highly playable and returning them back to their almost original condition.