I last looked at and purchased a Fender 20 some years ago. My experience then was that there was a big difference in quality between a Squire and a MIM Fender. Not so big a difference between MIM and USA made--unless you went really high end, like Custom Shop. As a friend of mine said, the MIM Fenders are made by cousins of the people building the American mades in Corona. But the Squires are good deals for the money. I'm pretty sure you really can't go wrong.