These discussions astound me. Fender is, in essence, the Ford or Chevrolet of the makers. They have their upscale models but they are, pretty much, "working man's" instruments. They are not and never were intended to be the Ferrari, BMW or Lamborghini of the bass world. Only one of my stable of 4 is a Fender but I have played them and been satisfied with them for 30 years. If you don't like them, don't buy them but you get what you pay for. A lot of the problems that are brought up...like sharp fret ends and bad set-ups...are more the fault of dry weather and lazy retailers than of the manufacturer.