Just curious, I have checked out quite a few Squiers (very popular with new students/parents) and I find most of them very good. (especially the vintage modified line) Where do they save money, so that they can sell for $189cdn, compared to $500+ Fenders. In some of the transparent models you can see the wood joints, but how would you notice that on a solid color. I would assume the necks are comparable to Fender models, and the hardware looks pretty much the same. That leaves pups and controls/wiring...now some Squires come with Duncans which I have found to be very good, although they could be replaced with actual Fender pups for $70+ (P), slightly more for the (J) style. So back to my original question...Where does Squier save money. Just curious, I have encountered awesome Squiers, and crappy Fenders (and vice versa).