Yes, but the percentage of bad ones, in my limited experience, is significantly lower today than twenty years ago. Twenty years ago, I tried a MIM Strat that was just glorious. It was just as I was getting divorced, Fender had just dropped the price to $399 USD (including a tweed gig bag), and it was absolutely the WRONG time to buy it. So, since I had, at that time, a Sam Ash, a Mars Music, and a Guitar Center all in the same area near my office, I played every MIM Strat they had in stock. None of the others felt or sounded nearly as good as the one I had played. When I got back to the office, I called the first store. It was still on the wall. I gave them my credit card number and told them I’d pick it up that night. I’ve never regretted it. That was twenty years ago. I remember when Leo Fender sold out to CBS, and how quickly “Pre-CBS” became a thing. 70s Strats and Teles were, if not despised, certainly not sought after. Gibsons weren’t that much better, during the Norlin era. Cost-cutting and poor QC - in my opinion - poisoned their own wells. CNC manufacturing took a while to mature, but the “bones” of most instruments today have better fit and finish. No more old growth aged wood, but what craftsmen learned by making mistakes on good wood doesn’t happen, either. The percentage of poor quality instruments in today’s manufacturing environment is much lower than I’ve ever seen. So much so that I’ve bought my last ten instruments sight unseen. Given the ability to set up an instrument to my taste, my risk of an unsalvagable instrument is low. What a difference twenty years has made.