Fender is confusing compared to the old days.
Truer words were never spoken. My case in point is this Korean made Fender branded Special Edition Koa (same as the Lite Ash with a koa top) that I picked up some years ago for $350. I think they run about twice that now but still a killer deal. It lacks nothing compared to my American Standard. American made Duncan pick ups, birds eye maple neck and pearl markers. The smart move these days is to forget about the expensive hype and go with the actual specs.First Welcome, and right it is confusing, especially for such a straight forward guitar. I will say if you can get out and play some. My only opinion is don’t limit yourself to the American made Fenders. Both my Teles are Mexican Fenders. Your call, but I do not feel the differences in quality justify the price hike for an American.