For those who wondered what are the real differences between fender strats and squier and between MIA and MIA and between Squir CV and VM and STD go to : http://stores.ebay.com/The-STRATosphere And find out for yourselves. They have all the parts for every fender and squier guitar, and i mean the original parts. I compared a Squier CV loaded pickguard with an American Standard one and with a classic player one and I found out that: The pots and switches are cheaper on the CV; The shielding is way better on the CV; After brownsing all the guitars i got the fealing that the best value fender has is the classic player series and the classic vibe series. I compared the CV body with fender bodies and i found out that the tremolo and bridge are cheaper on the CV I compared the CV with the VM (body) and the CV is way better finished. CVs and its parts are made in china whereas the VM is not... Well I think its one of the best resources to assess the quality differences between each series. And most important you can see the pricce difference between components!!!!