This starting to drive me crazy, so much so I have to comment. Is it me are does producing a signature bass in Mexico undermines a musicians credibility? A musician is a Brand in a way, you wouldn't spend $1200 dollars on a a designer suit made in Indonesia would you? Fender is only hurting themselves with this nonsense, What kind of profit margin do they need from a mass produced instrument? I'm sure the technology they have today they can mass produce one in America for $250 dollars including marketing etc... and still keep Americans working, this hurts the brand. No one is clambering to get to the old Fender's made in Japan and they are decent instruments, they want Made in the USA. J mascis had a signature Jazz Master made in Japan and it didn't sound like a Jazz Master or less you changed the pickups. Japan makes instruments comparable to America in my opinion, but that Jazz Master fell short, so much so JM didn't play one in concert, I suspect because it kinda stunk or maybe he felt like a sellout. Is it the greed of the musician or the Fender; both? I've ask this question before, what does it cost to produce a Jazz bass in America? anyone? 20 years ago I new a guy who worked in the Bicycle industry and I ask him how much did cost to produce a downhill Mountain Bike frame in Taiwan? $50 dollars and it retailed for $1200. All that welding and high end Aluminum, $50 bucks. Now I'm sure the manufacturing has been moved to Mainland China and it still cost $50 bucks. I saw a documentary on Manufacturing Clothing in China and the cost of your $100 or $300 dollar blue jeans? $5 dollars per unit, all that stitching; $5 Dollars. I'm just want to give you an example on how cheap it is to manufacture off shore. Bulova used to produce watches in Switzerland and were one of the desirable Swiss watches. Then moved manufacturing to America and the brand went to pot, great watches are made in Switzerland, France etc.. not America. Recently they're trying to resurrect the brand by producing a watch back in Switzerland. That's branding, a good watch is made in Europe and people will pay the price asked. I should mention that product will hold a lot of it's value in resale. I'm not in business but even I've learned this by observation. I know there are shareholders and employees etc.... But this is driven by something else. Greed? Thanks for enduring my screed.