1. I can understand why they stopped producing the Squier, it was pretty popular, and it came too soon after the Fender. I think it might have been hurting the Fender sales too much. I don't see why they don't make the regular Fender anymore. Now I believe it's more like a Custom shop model. Which is a pity. I also wish they would have a single coil bridge /P90 neck combination. It was available as a Fender FSR for a while, or a Alnico III broadcaster style tele bridge pickup with a filtertron like neck pickup. 2. oh so true, and even though some people are systematically negative about thinner necks, but they forget that for some that just is the most comfortable neck to play. Don't forget that at least PART of the Squier target audience is supposed to be younger beginners that are not yet fullgrown. 3. ... don't mind the bandmate. Forgive him, because he doesn't know why he turns his nose up. Leaves more great guitars available for people that can appreciate it, and if he only wants to buy a Fender, then Fender still earns money. 4. That's about the only guitar I have that I don't know how to handle... It completes my collection, but it never gets played (read point 1 again for what I'd really like). It's still a nice item in the collection. But Squier marketing does sometimes have some very good ideas, they had a dual P90 for 8 years or so in the lineup, that I liked very much.