... true, and sometimes (Eg my ASAT Z-3 SH, ASAT Bluesboy, ASAT Special SH/Bigsby, S-500) they actually are better than Fender USA and at/near Fender CS quality. Every instrument is an accumulation of tolerances.Some people will say they're on par with Fender CS and other high end builders. They're not. They're fine for what they are, but make no mistake, they're line built guitars--some great some not so. Sometimes they leave the factory with issues.
They’re not on par with some other custom or high end builders‘ best examples, but that’s apples and oranges.
I love my ‘62 Strat I’ve had forever, but the G&Ls more than hold their own, depending on what details you like, some lean Fender, some lean G&L.
and btw, my $490 (New) G&L Tribute Korean L-2000 Bass (a NOS leftover when I got it years ago) is stunningly good, with USA electronics and great feel.