Originally Posted by theblue1
Did they improve their crappy QC to go along with the price increase?
If it wasn't for ownership of those classic designs, I seriously doubt Fender the company would still be in business.
Depends on the item and the source. Most of the American stuff I see is poorly assembled, typically strings are off center and necks are mounted off center. Pick guards have gaps or spaces on one side, it's as if everyone at Fender has eyesight problems. Even the models on the Fender calender are crooked.
There is zero excuse for this with computer controlled precision C+C machinery.
A review of older models from the 60's show far greater precision than the newer stuff does.
I bought a Fender Telecaster JA-90 artist model. It's very well made, it used figured ash on the hollow body and a mahogany neck glued in, sort of like a Les Paul special in design with P-90 Seymour Duncan pickups. Those sucked with their heavy ceramic magnets and overwound coils, I replaced them with 1960 vintage P-90's, the real deal.
This guitar is flawless. I paid $750 for it. The reason for such precision on a Fender product is because it was made in Korea. They seem to have better eyesight there than in Corona, AZ, Ensenada or Indonesia.