Epiphone China caught up a long time ago. The Tribute + models are made in Qingdao and no one can complain about their quality in any way. The MiK vs. MiC controversy should have been put to bed years ago. There have been many less than perfect guitars come out of Korea over the years and numerous examples can be found all over the boards with pictures of crooked tuners, control knobs and other examples of terrible QC. Judge each individual guitar on how it plays and feels, not where it was made.