U.S.A mmmm, not so much. [/QUOTE]Remember, back in the 70s, Fender made a hell of a lot of firewood. At the time, Fender customers would happily tell anyone and everyone that Japanese guitars were a joke. We all know now that Tokai were building better guitars than Fender could. More than one country is capable of quality control.[/QUOTE] Not just Fender. But now that you've brought it up, the 70's maple neck Fenders had a veneer maple fret board on the maple neck. Even the 70's series reissues they have now don't do that. Martin - green wood spruce tops, and a generation or longer of neck resets. Dog *hit tone. Gibson - uncured, improperly dried guitars weighed a ton and sounded like *hit. All the big USA manufacturers were grasping at straws to cut costs. And let's face it their best guitars are their reissues. Gibson caught on in the early 80's. Fender had to practically go into receivership to start getting their act together. The joke was that back in the mid 70's plane loads of Japanese businessman were flying to the U.S and buying every vintage guitar they could and taking them back home and critically dissecting them to the inth degree and recreating the legend. I literally watched this happen to Norm of "Norm's Rare guitars". One day while I was in his original store a busload of Japanese businessmen pulled up to Norm's store and cleaned him out like a swarm of piranha. Great for Norm bad for the American players. As far as I can tell with amps and pedals a lot of manufacturers use pc board mounted input/output jacks and potentiometers no matter what the country of origin. This is cheap *hit that breaks easily and can be hard to repair. One can only wonder what else they do to cut costs.