I know this topic has probably been done to death, but I have gone through the last four weeks trying to find nice, new Fender bass. I currently have a Sterling and wanted a Fender very badly, because it is a Fender. Well after quite some looking, I found a NIB Mustang. The finish was pretty nice, but the frets stuck out too far causing very sharp edges. So then I bought a '51 Reissue. I liked the funky yellow, but it had a fairly large gap between the neck and the body. The tuners were also extremely tight. It did sound good. Of course to purists, the aforementioned basses were not "real Fenders" since they are subcontracted out by Fender. So on to the Mexican made. The first FSR natural P Bass was unpackaged by me straight out of an Ensenada sealed box. Played great, but it had a gouge in the neck. I guess a gorilla packed it. Then I opened the sealed box of a Fender Deluxe Active Jazz. The paint was blistering all around the battery access plate. Was it inspected prior to shipping? I've looked over many MIA P & Js. Not impressed seeing the ripples in the finish due to poor sanding. I really tried to buy a good Fender, but I have given up. It's hard to go from the quality of Musicman to Fender. I've have owned several Warwicks in the past. Their quality is top notch like Musicman. So I gave up on Fender and ordered a buginga Corvette. I really wish Fender would get their act together. Their MIA and MIM line does not appear to be any better then their Squier line. To put it in perspective, I've got to mention my Gibson sightings--depressing. What's with Fender & Gibson?