The playing field has certainly been leveled a bit. I'm find myself more and more impressed with mid-level priced imports when I go to different music shops. I especially love PRS' SE line... Fender Mexico and especially Japan have always impressed me... for the most part. It would be hard to leave out companies like Tokai in this conversation as well.I used to say US, but I have other guitars with better craftsmanship than my US guitars. Sad!