played Benedetto's a few times... never owned one but had them in the shop for extended periods and got to rock them out at my leisure. that's one hell of an axe... nice!
Originally Posted by otc
I think the story (at least 13-14 years ago) was that everything going into them was the same, it was just your choice mexican laborer in mexico or a mexican laborer in the US putting them together.
not exactly... and Fender's production quality has basically been shit for a good, long while now. Only the high-end models and special Custom Shop etc. orders are completely made within the US now. Even models that say "Made in USA" on the stupid little sticker are mostly (to a certain percentage) made in Mexico and then taken across the border to be finished just enough to qualify them to legally
state that it was made in USA. This happens in many industries obviously, and there have been WTO initiatives to close these loopholes, but it still persists.
And even if it were actually 100% USA, you want to pay at least $2K if not over $4K (Custom) for a Fender? that's a joke.