i went looking at tele's today.. i sort of have the fever for a new one right now. i played quite a few tele's... squier standards, some of the upscale squiers, mexico fenders, american made... the only ones that didn't have just awful fret sprout were the american made ones... the squier standards were horrendous, the upscale ones were not quite as bad, the mexican ones were about like the upscale squiers..maybe a little better, the american mades had no fret sprout at all.. even the new american special cheapo for 799...no fret sprout. if fret sprout is caused by humidity, why is it that only the cheaper lines were suffering from it? i think its also caused by crappy build processes..not just humidity. those guitars were unplayable in my opinion... it was just awful.