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ejm

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Jun 20th, 2018 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The "North American" reference is from the ad on the GC web site. And if you read it carefully, it does not explicitly say that they are MIA.

Hmmm, could this be considered misleading?

On the Fender web site I could not find anything that explicitly says at all where they are made, except......

If you look at the pictures/photos, and zoom in on the back of the neck, on the back of the headstock they have an "MX...." serial number and say "Made in Mexico".


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Jun 20th, 2018 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm waiting for the clearance prices on MIM Standards. :)

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American-made in Oz!!
Jun 21st, 2018 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm waiting for the clearance prices on MIM Standards. :)"

Hah!! That was my first thought too.


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Jun 21st, 2018 03:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not as likely as you'd think, given, well, Fender being out of stock on so many of them for so long!

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GospelBilly!
Jun 21st, 2018 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ejm - I wonder why Fender is not being very transparent about where they're made? Marketing ploy?

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Jun 21st, 2018 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I wonder why Fender is not being very transparent about where they're made? Marketing ploy?"

Yep!

There was absolutely no need to do it. But they did.

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Jun 21st, 2018 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I suspect an upcoming sale on the lefty Standards, though. There are still plenty of those in the marketplace.

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Jun 21st, 2018 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could be that with the current political climate, Mexico (and Canada) have become big-time scapegoats for certain folks. I'll stop there...

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Jun 21st, 2018 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Leftee, that graphic in your link reminded me...

Australia being part of the "Commonwealth", we get a fair number of Canadians down here.

If ever you want to stir them up, just ask them if they're North American!!! They hate that!


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Jun 21st, 2018 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The U.S. is the middle of the North American sammich.

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GospelBilly!
Jun 22nd, 2018 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(:oD

And New Mexico is in Mexico, right? (;oD

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Jun 22nd, 2018 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No! It's *in* the U.S. but it *is* Mexico, just newer!

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Jun 22nd, 2018 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"And New Mexico is in Mexico, right? (;oD "

Most folks don't even know we exist. So might as well be...

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Jun 23rd, 2018 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(:oD

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Jun 24th, 2018 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I give Fender credit for offering it in 7 colors! I’ve been grumping for years about their usual 1,2, or 3 colors they usually offer.

It also comes SSS, HSS, or HSH. Yikes! Variety!

93greenstrat

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Jun 25th, 2018 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did try out one of the HSS models over the weekend and it was good playing, great sounding Strat. Basically, these guitars have a whole lot in common with the MIA Pro Series that the gap has been narrowed considerably. Bout versions have 22-frets, 2-point vibratos, and the MIM now has the tone control wired to the bridge pick up...and with Alnico pick ups too. I now have to wonder if its worth to spend about twice the money for the American Professional when the new MIM offers pretty much the same thing (although I have not done a thorough comparison between the two).

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Jun 25th, 2018 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I now have to wonder if its worth to spend about twice the money for the American Professional when the new MIM offers pretty much the same thing..."
- 93greenstrat

I read (on the internet, of course) that this could be part of Gibson's financial woes....why buy the expensive Gibson when the much less expensive Epiphone is a pretty damn good guitar? Is Fender shooting themselves in the foot by making the Player "too good"? An American Strat is still a lot less than most Gibsons so maybe it won't have the same effect.

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Jul 1st, 2018 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They might have set it up to where the overhead is the same or even more on the less expensive guitar. Not likely, but possible.

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Jul 1st, 2018 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gibson’s problems stemmed from all the other business they tried to play in.

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Jul 9th, 2018 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, Gibson's guitar end of things has been profitable this whole time.

And they're putting out MIA set-neck guitars with..a lot more time invested than the bolt-on babies we know and love...for cheaper in a lot of areas.


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