No, seriously. Look around. Everybody from Lakland to Ken Smith is weighing in with seriously nice versions of the Jazz and Precision basses, at price points that meet or undercut Fender's American series instruments. But what's this? KSD and Skyline basses have better fretwork! And that's not all, they offer active electronics, better p-ups, better woods, and an overall level of fit and finish that Fender seems to sorely lack. My story. I recently bought a sky blue 2002 Fender P-bass new. Then I got it home and played it for a few weeks. The headstock DOVE, b/c of those heavy "deluxe" tuners, the frets had finish on the ends which my thumb flaked off, exposing large areas of unfinished wood around the tang, and when I turned it over, I noticed a gap in the neck pocket so large I could have fit the Sunday paper in there, much less a business card. Ditched the bass at a loss six months later. Anyway, nobody's ever accused Fender of being dull--they've mastered the art of creating multiple prodcut lines based on a central theme. Why can't they get it together and make a higher quality instrument? MIA, it's called--Missing in American?