I'm cheap, by nature. I like to take used stuff and bring it back to life. I drive a 92 Ford pickup that burns enough oil that I don't ever have to change the oil. I'm not swimming in cash. And I'm not a good enough player to justify spending the money on an American made guitar. So when I look at Craigslist, I don't look at anything over $200. It's an endless parade of Squiers, Agiles, Xavieres, Yamahas, Peaveys, etc. I'm always looking for the "one in a hundred" that has an above average fit-n-finish and that I can get to before anyone else (I'm an hour from a city). The names on my electric guitar wall are: Austin, Austin, Silvertone, RG (a bass I bought in the Philippines), Lotus. Well, a few weeks ago I decided it was time for me to invest in a brand new guitar, in the under $300 range. For me, that's quite an outlay. I did my research, and ordered a Xaviere Thinline Tele, XV-610 with a nice tweed case, hoping it would be a guitar that I could mod to my liking and be my main player for the next few years. It was a step up from the Austin tele I've been playing--and it was brand new. Well, I didn't fall in love with it (I wanted a glossy neck and fretboard, and the Xavier was satin, almost natural), so I made the difficult decision to pack my first brand new guitar back into its box and return it within the 10 day refund period, and eat the $60 in shipping. Decided that I needed to play my new guitar before buying it. After some more research and endless youtube clips, I set my sights on a Squier Customer Tele II, the black on black with two P90s. Man that thing looks good on a computer screen. It could be mine for $250. Drove 60 miles to Des Moines last Sunday afternoon, figuring that either the GC or another music shop would have one on hand to play. Nobody had one. Eyeballed a Squier Classic Vibe tele, but I didn't want to spend that much. Beautiful glossy neck though. So I looked around on the wall and spotted a Fender tele with a $400 price tag on it. Seriously? And a blindingly glossy neck. No way. "Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus." Never heard of it. All kinds of pickups on it, all kinds of gloss, beautiful honey burst, and $400. Pulled it down, hooked it up to a Fender amp, fell in love, and immediately started trying to figure out how to tell my wife that I went over budget. The moral to the story is, I believe I am the reason Fender decided to put a Fender-branded product like that on the market. My friend put it this way: "You went from Austin to Xaviere to Squier to Fender in about 72 hours!"