the left is a Fender Lite-Ash MIK (Made In Korea, for the other readers
changed the machines to Kluson type. got it this year.
On the right, that's a Rockinger kit I built 25 years ago.
mahoogany body, SD-STL1 Vintage '54 Lead, & STR1 vintage rhythm Pickup.
lots of brass, as you can see - it sounds quite warm while the Lite ash has the typical twang and bite.
...and yes, you're right about the board