I own one Fender Modern Player Jaguar (Made in China), one Crafted in Japan Jaguar, one Made in Mexico Jazz, one American Standard Jaguar, and one USA Geddy Lee Jazz. What I have found that is fit and finish on all of them are largely equally nice. The difference I have found, however, is in the pickups. The American-made (higher-priced) basses sounded great out of the case. All the others needed some help in the pickup department. The stock pickups sounded OK, and may have passed muster had I not known they could sound better, but in comparison, they just sound OK, not great. I've switched out the pickups on the Modern Player Jaguar and the Made in Mexico Jazz (using high-quality, aftermarket Fender pickups) and the change was dramatic and much for the better. Bottom line: if you're willing to sound just OK, go for one of the less-expensive Fenders. If you want the best sound possible, go for an American made or be prepared to switch out pickups.