If I buy another electric guitar/Fender electric I want a USA made one that's a step up from my MIM, not a budget guitar. I play my MIM incessantly and at this point I would view the cost of the USA models as worth it. I don't think it's necessarily realistic to say most/the majority of people here are only interested in Squiers and other imports at the low end. I got my MIM cause I was just starting, didn't know much, got a killer deal on the guitar used, etc.. not the same place I'm in now. The thing is: - I think I should try the guitar before buying - GC is almost the only accessible place you can see them in person and try before buying - GC is a terrible place to buy a guitar since they seem to not take care of the inventory, etc.. I mentioned the 2 places I could look other than GC. Neither carries Fender. But I can walk in those places and they can hand me a G&L or another Fender-alike guitar that is not an actual Fender and the guitar will not be broken/damaged, it will not have something weird going on with the setup, and it will be in tune with useable strings. It's not a situation that is great. It'd be interesting to know if anyone at Fender knows/cares about what the experience is like to buy one of their new guitars. But maybe I'm odd and most people are happy to order online without any ability to try before you buy.