I have to hand it to Fender. The past few years I have purchased 3 new American Standard Fenders (Teles and Strats) 2 MIM and one custom shop. Every single one of them has had stellar fretwork. Really, every one of those guitars has been phenomenal. Aside from setting things up to my personal specs, they have killed out of the box. I think these past few years Fender has really done well at putting on very consistent instruments. I am sure there are examples of a few that have slipped through the cracks, but I haven't seen one lately. Has anyone else noticed this? I am pretty picky about new guitars coming to me issue free and I have to say, I am very pleasantly pleased here lately.