Why do some people consider MIM Fenders to be crap?

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  1. Shadowplayer

    Shadowplayer Senior Member

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    I was browsing CL earlier and theres a lot of MIM Strats up for sale. In almost all of them something along the likes of "Its a MIM model but its still a great guitar" was said. Personally I like MIM's better than MIA's. They at least got the correct number of frets. Basically the same things.
     
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  2. Kalz

    Kalz Senior Member

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    Why do some people call Gibson crap? Why do some people call Ibanez crap? It's all subjective when it comes to guitars.

    When some people see "Mexico" or "China" it's embedded into their brain that they are inferior. It's just how people think.
     
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  3. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    The MiMs will always take a back-seat to MIA.

    Same is true with any non-USA Fender or Gibson.

    Then, people will argue over which other country makes better products, and people will fill in their own hierarchy... MIJ, MIM, MIK, MIC.....
     
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  4. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Senior Member

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    I remember when Japanese Fenders were considered crap, and I think part of it is the same reason. Some people get the idea in their heads that MIA is automatically better and screw anything else. In the past in guitars and other areas this was true, but it isn't any more.
    I like the MIM's as much if not better than MIA's too. Better priced (as per Leo Fender's original design), similar quality, plus it's the underdog.
     
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  5. Bountyhunter

    Bountyhunter Senior Member

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    I really like the MIM's. I always have.
     
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    It's hard to beat a MIM Tele...
     
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  7. NCStratDude

    NCStratDude Senior Member

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    as we say in business.... borders are just lines on a map.

    And most people are idiots. For some reason only American's can make a proper guitar by bolting 2 pieces of wood together. Let em think that way so I can pick up and PLAY the MIMS, MIK, MICs, and find the gem. When someone says only the good guitars cost xxxxx amount and only come from xxx just ignore them.

    And most of the MADE IN USA stuff you buy... read the label. It's most likely ASSEMBLED in the USA with Chinese/Jap/Korean parts
     
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  8. AngryHatter

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    I had a 1971 ( I assume MIA) and now I have a 2012 MIM.
    Other than the finish, especially the neck, they are basically the same thing from a guitarists point of view.
     
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  9. The Archer

    The Archer Senior Member

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    MIM Fenders are fine. The guitarist in Asia is currently touring a bunch of MIM strats, the guy from Los Lonely Boys uses MIM Strats.

    I have a MIM tele that is a great guitar.
     
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  10. AngryHatter

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    You don't think the Los Lonely Boys is a statement of ethnicity?
     
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  11. AngryHatter

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    I guarantee the last question I am ever asked - Where was your strat made?

    "How do you get that tone?"
    "I like your playing."
    "Dude!"
    "Hey man, what's shit on your pedalboard and where was that strat made?"
     
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    I prefer the MIM's as well! Best bang for your buck out there! :thumb:
     
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    What does "consitier" mean? :hmm:
     
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    There is only two reason I buy USA Fenders. First, the lose less vaule. Second, and possible biased, I find that they do not feel the same and they lack something in the sound.

    Overall, I am not a Fender player but, I did play an AM Tele for about 10 years and gigged with it. I loved that guitar. I sold it with my classical and a Fender D’Aquisto Ultra to buy a PRS.

    I always missed that tele. But for a number of years before I was consistently A/Bing the tele against other guitars. Eventally my PRS won out. The PRS had enough bite, a nice punchy mid and just enough quack to make it okay to trade.

    About a year after I traded the tele I started to search for a replacement because I just missed the shimmering bell like tones and feel of the neck. I eventually found a tele I liked after years of trying ones that I thought would work. (It is a long story but, basically I like an alder tele and I keep trying ash teles, thinking that my old tele was an ash one, which it was not). My new tele does not get the same bell like tones but it gets a very nice bite (lollar PUs).

    Overall, every time I pick up a non American tele

    Also, there has seemed to be a shrinking gap between more expensive model guitars and lower priced ones over the years. I believe that to be partly due to the use of computers in building them.
     
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    Would that include the MIJ Fendrs? And what about the MIJ Les Paul styles (Burny, Tokai, Bacchus, Edwards, etc.)? They are some fantastic guitars that easily compare to Fender USA and Gibson.
     
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    Excellent point. This is so true!
     
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    I've had a couple of MIM Fenders & USA Fenders.
    The USA models had much better hardware (bridge, tuners etc).
     
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    Any guitar from any place can be picked apart. The bad side is not hard to find and with the money they want we want perfect. I look for the best guitar in my price range with few flaws. The main thing is it going to be a player! I had them come from names I never looked at before. My Gretsch is way beyond the level I wanted.
    I saw a guitar that at first thought it was a Les Paul. I never heard of Brian Moore, What? Great and it is a player, I will kept it. New rules these days. Guitars without borders LOL!
     
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    Where are they at? Point them out.
    We'll go kick their ass. :cool:
     
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  20. Bigsby'd

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    The best fenders I have ever played were made by Mexicans.....in the 1950s
     
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