I did a lot of searching around before I bought my first bass- a Squire VM Jazz. I figured I'd play this as a first, then maybe graduate someday to an American Fender Jazz of some type. Well, I still have yet to pluck an American Fender Jazz that I like better than my made-in-Indonesia Squire! And I don't think is just a matter of, "Oh you've just gotten used to playing it." I genuinely like the Squire better than the American. I like the satin finish, I like the skinnier shaped neck, and I like the way it sounds vs the Fender. I even tried another Squire VM Jazz at GC today that was in a different fit & finish from mine, and I liked IT better than the American as well. I guess the only thing I don't like about mine is the weight- it's a heavy guitar, but at less than ¼ the price of a Fender, I can definitely hang.