As thread title states, I know I'm preaching to the choir...but I'm tired of the qualifications and caveats the guitar community assigns to Squier's Classic Vibe line whenever it's brought up. The "great guitar for the money", "great guitar for what it is" & "great for an Indonesian/Chinese guitar" BS is played out and reeks of lazy, ill informed elitism. It can absolutely be argued that this applies to the Squire brand as a whole but it's positively the case for the Classic Vibe series. I mean this isn't a new phenomenon; Squier has been making the CV series for over 10 years. When an instrument line is able to withstand factory changes, issues sourcing quality and legal wood supplies and balancing the supply & demand fluctuations of the online era it's not by accident. These are guitars of exceptional quality, taking advantage of the latest CNC technology and mixing in good old fashioned human craftsmanship. Fender almost cannibalized their own lower end Mexican made line by introducing the CV guitars in the first place, but they stuck with it and it's become one of their most successful lines in decades. That doesn't happen by selling sh#t guitars. Whether it's misguided patriotism or a seething indifference that the $2000 Strat they bought doesn't sound any better than a $400 CV, I don't know...but there's still a fair amount of downplaying done to Squier's Classic Vibe guitar's. For me personally it's always been about how a guitar feels & sounds, regardless of price or origin. Allow me to relay a quick tale... In 1992 as a 16 year-old marching/concert band drummer I started playing guitar. After a few months on a nylon string classical guitar my Dad & I went to a local guitar shop here in my hometown of Las Vegas. I played a few of the electrics and because I knew that Hendrix, Clapton, etc played a Stratocaster, I veered towards two they had, a red & a blue. After playing both, the red one really felt good in my hands and sounded very lively when not plugged in. Playing through an amp it "spoke to me", as corny as that sounds. I chose that guitar and while we were finishing the deal (getting a practice amp, etc). the guy said something to my Dad that made him say "Oh! Well that's even better." I asked my Dad what was up and he happily told me the red one I was getting was cheaper than the blue one...see the red Strat was a Mexican made Standard Stratocaster and the blue Strat was an American Standard Stratocaster. That day at Accent Music I had no idea where the guitars were from, and since I was worried about my Pop tripping out about how expensive this new interest in guitar was going to be I never looked at the prices. Moral of the story is that the feel and sound of a guitar is paramount, where it was made and the price point are purely incidental. The guitar industry has had a great growth in sales due to the pandemic. I hope all the young people stuck at home this past year who decided to play guitar didn't disqualify a guitar simply based on it's origin and price. I know playing guitars in a store is a touch and go proposition lately but online ordering, which I used to loathe, is a good option if their return policy is good. My first CV was a 60's Strat I bought in 2009, and it gets better every year. I bought a 50's Strat, Custom Telecaster and a Starcaster over the course of the last year and I couldn't be happier with them.