Was in a Long and McQuade store yesterday and saw a thinline Fender for + or - $500 Can. Wondered what was going on and saw "Made in China" on the back of the headstock. It seems to me that Fender/Squier is playing every angle known to humanity these days You've got Fender -made in America for the uber-patriotic who would NEVER buy anything but U.S.A. and there are the more practical (and frugal) who can't afford most Fender products but have to have Fender on the headstock 'cause Squier just ain't right for their sense of prestige. So Fender cranks out whatever us dweebs want just to cover all the bases! So you've got MIM guitars made in Mexico by Mexicans and you've got MIA axes made in America (by Mexicans) and you've got Squiers and Fenders made in China by Chinese, I would presume, and a merry old marketing miasma we are left to ponder. I guess it's free enterprise at it's finest but, I have to wonder ;at what point has Fender painted itself into a corner and destroyed it's vaunted name started by Saint Leo of Fender? They're not the only ones-look no farther than Gibson. The whole Factories With No Nationality thing is chewing us up and spitting us out.Someday we'll be buying everything from Wile E. Coyote's favorite company-Acme!