Don't get me wrong I love Fenders!!! The basic components are excellent but their final assembly seems to really suck!! Take my 03 JB strat. When I got it used the neck needed to be reset as it wouldn't sit straight in the body. The culprit? Overrun of paint in the neck pocket that wasn't sanded down causing the neck to sit crooked. To compensate they put the nut slightly off center!!! Both issues were easily fixed and the guitar is awesome now. I have tried a ton of Fenders and it seems they are all hit as miss and the issues seem to all be in final assemble. I thought things would be different wit C/S products but In looking at many over the years it seems they have similar issues. I saw one C/S strat that had the WORST set neck I've ever seen on a Fender! The strings nearly were running off the board in the high frets! My point is this: when spending nearly 2k for a new guitar (more for C/S)you would expect minor issues that take a few extra minutes to get right during assembly, such as a correctly set neck and nut would betaken care of at the factory. Its ironic that one of the best setup and playing fenders I ever tried at a guitar shop was a MIM Esquire. It shouldn't be necessary to have a tech standing by when buying a Fender to correct all the factory's mistakes. Is this just me or have others noticed similar issues with Fenders?