I have always played Fenders made in America. I've never been disappointed by their sound or playability. I am contemplating buying a Squier Infinity series level guitar to hotrod a bit and put a B-bender, e-string detuners, etc. (sorta in the mode of Marty Stewart's telecaster that previously belonged to Clarence White) but I am not confident enough in my skills to try this on a more expensive Fender model. The question is this...if I'm successful at doing all of the hot rodding additions will I be satisfied with the Squier quality of the remaining parts. On one hand, I would hate to go through all of the upgrades to end up with a guitar that is not enjoyable to play. On the other hand, I've been reading that because of the manufacturing advancements that the neck, fret, bodywork for guitars that come out of other countries is comparable to the American models and most people couldn't tell the difference. What say ye the masses?!?! Thanks for your time and thought.