This is something that is just on my mind and not meant to start any sort of debate, but I was wonder, do you think it is possible that China is not only making guitars but also could be assembling guitars made elsewhere with Chinese parts? What brings this to my mind is a copy of a Les Paul black beauty that I bought last year (at my fav. second hand store of course ). It was a 'Laid Back' modal (LPC-450). Laid Back is another original brand from one of the largest retailers here in Japan, Shimamura Music. This brand was first launched in 2003 but at one time was discontinued and re-launched in 2017, however the line was completely changed to mainly Tele & Strat copies. https://www.shimamura.co.jp/originalbrand/laidback/index.html (sorry, Japanese only) The guitar I purchased was made in 2007 and according my research it was Made in China. Some of the images I have been able to find have a gold Made in China sticker on the headstock, which is missing on mine (I just have the serial number sticker on the heel). So my question to you guys is, what do you think of Made in China guitars in terms of quality over the years? I have had only one Chinese guitar over the years and have been mainly playing my Fujigen Epiphone SG since I bought it in 1999. I had a MIJ Squire Strat that I bought in the early 90's (which I sadly sold in 97) and a MIK Squire Strat. Last year purchase a Squire Affinity Tele (CY serial) that I find to be well built and I also picked up a used 2002 Squire Strat (also CY) a few months back. The strat plays well, but the build quality is far lower than my Tele, so I am guessing that quality has improved dramatically over those 18 years. So as to how this relates to my Laid Back Les Paul black beauty? Well as mentioned the guitar is from 2007, so I am wondering what is your experience in terms of fine detail quality of the Chinese guitars around that year? To me this Les Paul is amazing in terms of attention to detail. The fret work, the binding, the finish all top notch. The hardware is a little bit on the cheap side. I am sure it is made at Ping Works (same as the Gibson branded hardware but of lower quality metal). The pots are Alpha pots (full size) which I believe are from China or Taiwan. As I am not to ashamed to admit, I am a Fuijgen snob, their work is amazing in my mind, and this Les Paul seems to have the same level in terms of build. And as Shimamura typically has Fujigen build their other brands and that the design is identical the History and Cool Z black beauties, do you think it is possible that a guitar could be built in one factory (or country) then shipped off to be assembled (hardware, electronics, nut etc) in another? If this guitar was built in China in 2007, I sure would love to know which factory made it Sorry for the long winded post, just something that has been on my mind for a little while and see if there are any shared (or relevant) opinions.