I just looked at a couple of vintage 79 strats at GC, 1799 and 1999. I recall seeing these guitars not all that long ago selling for around $500, with an awful reputation. Things have changed. MIJ lawsuit era stuff is also now desirable. I remember when Squiers first came out. To this day, I can't shake the reflex response toward Squiers as being cheap and undesirable. Who knew that the early Squiers would be in demand a couple of decades later? I stop by GC from time to time and play through a bunch of import instruments. Admittedly, I still carry this deeply imprinted snobbish disregard for imports, Squiers and Epiphones. Truth is, most of them play great and have no obvious manufacturing flaws. I even played a $119 Melody Maker that was damn impressive. Really I'd have no problem gigging with that guitar, with just a minor setup. Truth is that the current guitars being made at all price points are awesome. The low end guitars are better than ever. The value is incredible at the low to mid tiers. Pretty much the only flaws I find on the new imports are cheap hardware and electronics. They could all use a setup, a little nut filing, and perhaps a crown and polish. That's about it. The bones on these guitars seem SOLID. How are the future generations of TDPRI members going to regard this era of guitars? Will things just continue to improve? Will trade wars and increased tariffs result in this being a golden era? Will MIK or MII or MIC become the desirable ones? Please let me know so that I can go stock up on today's version of the 1983 Squier!