#1
Hi, I was wondering what's the difference between A Mexican and American Fender Stratocaster.

I don't mean in terms of sound but in how they're manufactured.


Also as pretty young guitarist (15) who has been playing guitar for a year and is looking into becoming a professional musician. Should I get a American or Mexican stratocaster?
I already have got an Epiphone SG G400 Pro.
#2
The old saw is that the "MIM strats are built by mexicans in mexico.
The MIA strats are built by mexicans in the US. "

There's no difference in HOW they're manufactured, far as I'm aware.
#4
About 175 miles or so.
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US strats have better hardware and electronics, and the fret leveling/edging is better. Both are good but the US strats get a little extra attention which can result in more consistency overall.

I think for a newer player a MIM is a very good choice. It is not a "cheapo" guitar, though I personally would look into upgrading the pickups at some point. Even many pros use MIM guitars.
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#6
the US ones feel better in my hands. that is why most of my current ones are American. I have a mighty fine MIM Strat as well, but the next one i buy will be American.
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#7
Some of the cheaper MIM fenders are made with 6-7 small pieces of poplar, alder, ash, or whatever else they happen to have lying around (body wood is not specified for these models), glued together and cut to shape to make the bodies, whereas the USA guitars are typically 1 or 2 piece bodies.

Also as others have stated the hardware and finishes are generally better quality with the US models, too. MIMs are great workhorses, and some of the most solid and durable guitars within their price range, in my experience. But the USA models are built to a higher level of quality with more attention to detail and that's what you pay for when you buy a USA made Fender.
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Some of the cheaper MIM fenders are made with 6-7 small pieces of poplar, alder, ash, or whatever else they happen to have lying around (body wood is not specified for these models), glued together and cut to shape to make the bodies, whereas the USA guitars are typically 1 or 2 piece bodies.

Also as others have stated the hardware and finishes are generally better quality with the US models, too. MIMs are great workhorses, and some of the most solid and durable guitars within their price range, in my experience. But the USA models are built to a higher level of quality with more attention to detail and that's what you pay for when you buy a USA made Fender.


US bodies are usually 2-3 pieces. 1 pc bodies are super rare and would be Custom Shop. many claim to have 1 piece bodies but they aren't.

as others have mentioned it comes down to material and craftsmanship between the 2. a MIM Standard uses ceramic pickups which are cheaper and don't sound as "vintage" as alnico ones. most MIMs have 21 frets , all non vintage reissue US models have 22 frets. the MIMs tend to have a the old style 6 screw trem bridges the US the 2 point one. higher end MIMs tend to be pretty nice guitars and can rival the US made ones.