I am looking to buy a Fender Stratocaster in the near future. Hadn't planned on it for a while, but ran across a deal that I am wondering if it is worth it or not.
Thing is, I know enough about Fender to know that American-made Strats are better quality on everything, but I do not know the hierarchy of quality, if any, between Mexican, Korean,and Chinese-made Strats, though I am assuming that right there is the order from high to low.
This one guy has an 1989 Fender Squier Stratocaster, made in Korea, for $300. It appears in really good condition, and has a Maple neck, and isn't nicked up (looks almost new to me). He stated that:
(not sure what he means by "standard and American," because I was under the impression that American=Standard.)
"The old Korean Squiers rival the Standard and American Standard Stratocasters."
Eh? possibly? I dunno? could be just him talking it up?
"They don't make them like they use to because they were just too good and were cutting into Fenders sales. "
He also said Frets were recently polished, and triple crowned, though I am not quite sure what that is, but I've heard that Mexican Strats often have to have the frets filed down, so I assume this what he means?
Anyway, is this worth $300, or are Mexican Strats in fact better, or should I just save up for an American made one?Oh, and what are ball park fair prices on those used byt good to great condition, anyway?