I've bought a total of 39 instruments from the very facility where the Tribute is currently made. Nobody is going to successfully accuse me of being resistant to buying something based on being made in Indonesia - that just won't fly. But that's not what this is about, when it comes to G + L. You can IMO barely get a sheet of paper between the vibe of a Fender made in Baja California and one made on the Production side in Corona. Same basic manufacturing setting - I think employees could be seamlessly transferred back and forth without disaster. But the hand fitted Fullerton G + Ls versus the production line construction of Tribute replicas at the big anonymous Cortek combine in Surabaya is another matter entirely. The individual fitments away from the bridge and sometimes pickups are sourced differently and the engineering processes are just very different - this is almost an example of Convergent Evolution that the net results of the two different critters so resemble one another in a strong but superficial way - kinda like the way a Shark and a Porpoise resemble one another. This is NOT about "country of origin". This is about one thing being original, and the other is a very clever recomposition. Look, if I didn't see nice used USA G + Ls for sale now and again, in the $ 500-700 range, I would understand that a guy didn't want to spend $ 1,400 on the USA thing. But, so long as you're not in a rush, you don't have to pay anywhere near that much. 25 years ago, my friend was musing about getting a little second hand Jeep and his loving wife made some phone calls and had a "little Jeep" shipped to their home, as a surprise birthday gift: Only, it wasn't a little Jeep at all. A pile a junk, is what it was and I was enlisted to make the seller come get it and take it away. Today's Genesis brand cars are clearly intended to fool people with a vague hungering for a high end car, into thinking they're getting something like a Mercedes, or a Lexus or something. The difference IMO is much smaller than it was in the above "little Jeep" example but the difference is still there. Don't sell yourself short, when the genuine thing is this close.