#1
Ive decided to get a fender for my first guitar. I'm just trying to decide whether to get a Mexican made one or an American made one. I understand that Mexican made ones are cheaper, but have a much lower resell value(though i don't think i plan to resell it) and have worse electronics. Should I dish out a couple hundred more to get better quality?
#3
If you can afford an American, and you're sure that you want to buy a guitar with that kind of price tag, go for it.

What amp are you thinking of getting?
#4
Mexician strat for you dude. No point getting a squier if you can afford the MIM Strat then go for it, learn on a decent guitar man. I have the Fender MIM Strat and hell its a beauty.
My Gear:
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Fender MIM Stratocaster
Yamaha Pacifica 112v
Epiphone G-400
Cheap acoustic


Roland Cube 30X
USA Big Muff PI
Dunlop Crybaby Wah GCB-95
#5
Agreed. I got a squier Telecaster about 4 years ago for 249 USD. It's a great guitar for starting, and if need be I would use it today as a backup. I wouldn't spend too much money until you know what kind of playing style you want to use the most, and you are ready for a good guitar. Better guitar, that is.

Gear:
Rickenbacker 620
Vox Valvetronix AD60VTX
Snarling Dog Whino Wah
Not Enough cables
I can't relate to the never ending games you play.
#6
Go with the MIM if you cant wait. The differences between the two are very little. My MIA is actually not as great a guitar as my brothers MIM he just bought. Could be mines getting a bit old though.
#7
Second hand MiJ would be my advice. If you can pick up a nice mid 80's one too, they're very hard to beat.

Or hell, you can sometimes get a nice second hand MiA for not much more than a new MiM. I know which I'd go for.

Buying brand new just doesn't make sense most of the time when it comes to guitars.
Ibanez PGM301
Ibanez GRG170DX
Fender Telecaster MiJ - 1986
Swing T-Through

Ibanez TS9DX
Sovtek Small Stone - c.1985
EHX Big Muff
Kimbara Wah - c.1974
Boss GE-7

Orange Rocker 30 Combo

http://www.myspace.com/paythelay
#8
I personally love my MIA Standard. It depends on what you want to spend; I see a huge jump in quality when comparing MIA and MIM.

If you have a limited budget, split it evenly on a guitar and amp.
#10
get the mim and a fender blues junior

07 Fender American Deluxe Strat
07 Fender Custom Telecaster
09 Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster
09 Fulltone OCD V.4
10 Ibanez WH-10 V.2
09 Splawn SuperStock
10 Jet City JCA-20
97 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#11
There is a big difference between the two, but I have a Mexican one, and I don't plan to get an American one for a while, they're pretty good guitars. I'd go for one.