That is true, and it is also the true answer to the original OP's question. Most Fenders were made specifically to be easier to make, and easier to repair. They are made in a cheaper manner. That's what LEO wanted, that's what LEO's goal was....Leo succeeded. And he ended up making some great guitars. It has nothing to do with which are better guitars...these are facts that some Fender players don't like to admit as if it means Gibsons are better. One has nothing to do with the other.