For Squier guitars, at the music store here (Fukuoka, Japan) I get to see all the models of the Squiers and they are made in China. But I recently got a used Squier Stratocaster Standard made in Indonesia, which in my opinion the quality is far more superior then then new Chinese models. Maybe it is the wood, seems to be heavier, and the finishes seem to be thicker also. Here, the Made in Mexico Fender guitars are not so cheap. The Japanese Fender guitars (new ones) are fine guitars, but recently they just seem to be another well made guitar with the "Fender" name on it. Many fine guitars now are available that are coming out of all parts of Asia. Also the amps here are so dirt cheap and the companies finally understood one thing, "they finally are putting in some dang good speakers".