I own an American Professional J made in the USA and it’s amazing. I played an American Performer J made in Mexico and it sounded amazing and felt great. Now for the important bit. I played both through a Mesa Bass Prodigy Four88 Head and a Mesa 410 cab. That is where the damage is really done. A great guitar will sound average through crappy amps but an average guitar will often sound very good through amazing amplification. So good guitars great amps. Amps are the way to go. Just about any Mexican Fender will sound awesome through high quality amps and speakers.