Wasn't meant to be offensive at all - honestly. If you have taken offense I apologise for doing so. I am also not inferring any tacit form of racism either. This is why I rarely post on forums as expressing an opinion always upsets someone. I will therefore just lurk here and refrain from making 'offensive' opinions What I wass trying to express is that we al have a bit of patriotism and wish to support our fellow countryman - if you haven't then fine, but others may do. As I tried to point out, if Fender were British I may personally see things differently and wish to buy British and that may taint my judgement Just for info, I have American, Japanese and Mexican guitars, an American amp and have made guitars using Chinese parts Many years ago I bought some 'British' Dunlop TT100 tyres for my Honda motorcycle only to discover when I was putting them on that they were made in France.