Adding my two cents. The Fender Mustang is made in Japan. These are becoming rare since I understand that Fender is in the process of eliminating manufacturing in Japan (except possibly for domestic consumption in Japan).
As a general rule, a MIJ instrument has better quality components (better electronics that won't start making noise over time, better pickups, etc.), better quality workmanship, finish, and QC (MIJ is the top of the heap for consistent quality), and possibly better quality wood.
The Squier version is made in China (or possibly Indonesia) and is designed to be sold at a lower price point. Labor is part of that, but cannot be the entire difference.
Fret radius is the roundness of the top of the fretboard. It does not directly affect the width or thickness of the neck. IMO, radius is more important to guitarists who favor a smaller, rounder radius for chords and a larger, flatter radius for picking styles, bends, etc.
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