So the Fender Precision Bass is my favorite model and I personally own two of them. Both are made in Mexico. One of them is outfitted with a set of La Belle flatwound strings and it sounds absolutely fantastic. The only change I have made to the instrument is completely aesthetic (tortoise shell scratch plate). All of the electronics and hardware are fully stock. I had the opportunity to play a custom shop P Bass the other day with the same strings and there is literally no difference in the tone quality, in fact, I actually prefer mine because of the C to D neck radius has better playability than the retro P neck with the super wide nut and U shape neck. This leads me to ask: In your opinion, are American Fenders really worth MSRP?