I admit it. I have been an American Fender snob for years and people talk a lot of smack about them, including me. I have 2 Tele's and 2 strat's, both American made. I have always shunned MIM and Squire. I have a Squire Jazz Bass, but only because I wanted a fretless bass, it's OK, nothing great. That changed a few weeks ago when I bought a MIM Tele from Guitar Center. Both my Tele's have rosewood fretboards and I wanted a maple neck. I grabbed a blue-flamed maple top Player Series Tele off the rack and saw that it was MIM so I didn't expect much. I started playing it without plugging in and I couldn't believe how amazing the action felt. Just as good as my American-made. I plugged in and loved how it sounded and played. A little brighter than my other two Tele's, but it had a twang that I loved. Grabbed a Road Runner case and bought it. $820 out the door. I had no intention of replacing the pickups because I liked how they sounded, but I was going to replace the control plate with one from Obsidian Wire, but the stock control plate had CTS pots and the soldiering was flawless, so I stuck with the stock electronics. This Mexican-made Tele is quickly becoming my favorite guitar.