I dare to say such things... the "for the money" part is true for the lower range (like the Bullet or Affinity), but I have - on several occasions - played the "find the Squier/Fender, blindfolded" game with professional and semi-professional guitarists. If some of them offer to trade their MIA Fender for a bone stock Squier, I dare to say that it doesn't need upgrades, or - and that is another possibility - that even their MIA could use some upgrades. The only thing EVERY guitar needs IMHO (even the 3000+ dollar custom shops) is a setup, to fit the player. Like setting the seat height and mirror position of a brand new car. Out of the box settings might work for you, but they are rarely a perfect fit. The only negative thing I've noticed about relatively recent Classic Vibe teles is that many of them now are quite heavy, a lot heavier than mine. I really believe in the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies and prejudice. People who think all Squiers need upgrades and see the Squier-logo will never be satisfied unless they change something to make it better. And when they do, they are really convinced that it sounds better. It's just human nature.