#1
What is the difference between an american made fender stratocaster and a mexican made fender stratocaster? is there that much of a difference? please no stupid answers like one is made in america one is made in mexico. although i'm sure someone is now gonna say that
#2
The quality is the difference. Better Pups, hardware, wood, neck, etc etc etc
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#3
quality and sound....seriously, just play them and you'll notice the difference
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#4
id say the mexican ones are probably better because most american made stuff sucks
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id say the mexican ones are probably better because most american made stuff sucks

youre joking right?
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#7
a lot of MIMs are pretty nice... and remember, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen didn't get famous playin' $3000 guitars...
#8
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id say the mexican ones are probably better because most american made stuff sucks


wtf...your are obviously mexican that didn't make it over the border and are now very pissed off at America.
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#9
one reason for the cost diff is because its a lot more expensive to pay someone in america to assemble the guitar then someone in mexico.
#10
but american made fenders are made by mexicans in america...

and ofcourse tubadude.


american strats have:
better quality wood
better quality control
better pickups
better finishing quality
the fact that it's being made in America
higher price.
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#11
The biggest difference, as was already mentioned I believe, is the pickups. The pups in the mexican strats can't compare to the ones in American made strats. I myself have a mexican strat, and it's a good guitar, plays smooth, with pretty good tone, but the pups are just noisy as hell. That's why I'm replacing them, although if you do go with a mexican model you can always just try shielding the body cavity to reduce hum. Other than that problem, I think a mexican guitar is still really good, just not as good as an American one.
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#12
Actually, most American quality sucks, except for the guitars. No offense to any Americans of course, it's just a little critisism. Other than that, the American Fender Strats are simply amazing guitars.
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#13
For the price, MIM strats are better value than the USA strats, but the USA strats are better quality.
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#14
lol im actually canadian and i do think american guitars are better but other then that alot of there crap isnt very good.
#15
Build materials, craftsmanship, stuff like that.
I'd still buy a MIM strat if I wanted a spare strat for my MIA strat, as long as it's Fender (leave out the squier).
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#16
It's really a toss-up. I've played several Mexican strats that were better than the American ones in the store, and I've played even more American strats that were better than the Mexican ones. If you like the sound, what does it matter?
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#17
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wtf...your are obviously mexican that didn't make it over the border and are now very pissed off at America.


you're just as ignorant as him for making a comment like this
#18
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Standard-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar-103630810-i1148847.gc

ok well how about this one. i'm assuming it's MIM because it is onyl 400 dollars am i right? is it still worth the money? i have a squier right now and hate it so much which is why i am lookin at real fenders
#19
MIM Strats can be hit and miss, to be honest. Mine is absolutely amazing, but I played it before I bought it. Main difference is the pickups, after Fender started doing the upgrade with the better bridge and pickups (American pups are still higher quality).
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#20
mine is mexican. damn good guitar. you'll get a lot of elitists saying "american is the way to go." thats just not true. the mexicans make good food and they aren't bad at their guitar making either.
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#22
Riiight, and Martin's X series are better than cheaper acoustics because of the heavy price tag. Nice try, champ, but we all know that price does not equate value.
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#23
MIM's from the early-mid 90's were pretty good. Used the same wood grade and neck/body as the americans. But the more recent non-Am strats are not up to the same standard..... If you can find a nice 90's MIM and pickup swap.... add some locking tuners, new pots, switch, and replace the bridge you'll have a nice guitar. But you'll end up spending the same amount if you go straight to the Am series.
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#25
Yeah, it's not a bad deal, but if you're really concerned about price I would maybe considered a used one. I got a used MIM Strat for $250 at a pawn shop, and it plays pretty well.
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#26
wow, a bunch of really stupid answers. . .

anyways, the american plant makes the mexican necks. they are treated the same, built the same (except they use a different truss rod, but the process of installation is the same) frets are the same, and nut is the same. they are also finished here in the states.

as for the bodies, im sure its the same alder build. mainly you are paying for is better hardware. (pups, bridges, stuff like that)

another thing to look at is the highway one line. and that guitar you posted is a MIM
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