Originally Posted by kickz28
Guitars are made by a CNC machine. The country in which this machine is located does not really make a difference.
That is completely false. The factory where a guitar is made has everything to do with whether or not you are playing a quality instrument. Frets aren't installed by a CNC machine. Nor are they levelled, crowned and buffed. The grade and species of wood that certain factories tend to use are dramatically different from country to country. And certain factories are buying poor grades of wood to save money, while others aren't. Even if you get a good piece of wood on a Chinese guitar, the fretwork will not match that of a Japanese guitar. Also the truss rod is different and the time spent leveling the board (and doing everything else) is dramatically different. For some reason, the Taiwanese factory can't ever make a neck that stays straight, and Indonesia is hit or miss. The only place that "CNC" argument holds up is with the body, and even then, the hand sanding and finishing will be different.
Between Fender US and Mexico, your statement has the best chance of being true. Lower priced US Fenders aren't really that much better if at all than the Mexican Fenders. I would like to encourage you (infinite) to check out the G&L Tributes from Korea. They have a lot of US hardware and pickups and the Korean factory making them will do as good of work as the Mexican Fender plant. Or if you can afford it, try the US G&L's. They are fine guitars.
From a racial, cultural, or socio-economic standpoint, no one group of persons should build a guitar better or worse than any other. To be clear, that's not the issue. But the price of labor in given countries makes certain factories be built and used to focus on different things. For example, generally a Japanese guitar is focused on innovation, quality, and looks with price being important, but a distant consideration. Guitars from China are built around a price point first, and all else is adjusted to meet that. The US has a mix of everything. Gibson is making some $400 guitars to hit a point, and they don't care about the guitar itself. But they also make guitars that "spare no expense" Fender does the same thing. Companies like G&L and Tom Anderson seem to have "one quality level" but just different options. There is a level of integrity to what you can expect from each instrument. Not so with Fender, but if it were my money, I'd get the Mexican only because I don't think the lower priced US Fenders are worth any more money.