My first electric guitar was a Fender Strat that was made in USA because back then they all were. I have been pretty much straight acoustic for better than 30 years, and things have changed. Most of the new Fenders are made in Mexico now. Are they any good? My original Les Paul was less than $300, It bothers me to think about paying $800 plus dollars for a Mexico guitar, even if it says Fender on it. All the stuff has gone way up. Gibson SG's are a little higher price, but I think they are made in USA.