just wanna clear this first: i enjoy fenders. i wouldnt call myself a fender guy by any means, but ive always loved P's and J's and if i i didnt have money sunk into old gibsons and other stuff id probably have a 70s model of each. so there haha. Squier has a bad name, we all know theyre considered beginner basses or "cheap" fenders. I was at guitar center on friday before a gig, picked up a squier nat finish block inlay J, and man was i impressed. thing sounded just like a J should and like ive heard many many times over the years. has that nice J pop, every marcus miller lick i know sounded just like a marcus miller lick on a J. i had to do an A/B to make sure i wasnt crazy, so i picked up the american made J, which as everyone knows is about 1K+ more in price tag. This thing didnt even come close in terms of playability, tone, even finish. now it could just be a dud, i know theres always QC issues for anything mass produced. I had both basses setup by the guy in store so i could A/B again with a low action, and still the squier felt and sounded better. i guess my point was id like to know if anyone else has experienced a really nice squier compared to a really poor american or vice versa. has fender had issues with QC more and more lately than they used to? or is it more of a "when you find a nice one, its a real nice one"?