As I have said before yes they are discontinuing,, apparently, what is called the American Standard series. Today I found out a little more info on this subject. This is my second post to this strat-talk ,....site thank you for listening. As per my previous post in which i answered someone else's question.... the best I understood at that time , is similar to what I heard today. I was told by a reputable Fender dealer that (one) they will be changing the necks to a "D" shaped neck rather than the "C"....there abouts. The first information I receive just stated it would be a deeper neck.... so there you have it. ( Second ).... They also said that the pickup's would all be noise-less....NOISELESS....apparently there is an improved version of the noiseless pickups now? I asked about the custom shop pickups and was told either they have noiseless versions of those or that they would only be put on the Vintage Custom Shop guitars only? ALSO, was told that there would no longer be Mexican made guitars with American Parts on them such as the 60s classic players Strat or 50s classic player Strat or any like those. The Mexican guitars will be Mexican and the American will be American and the parts will follow suit. I wanted to share this because I know there are many who are thinking about it and I am a big Fender fan. I hope that any info I am sharing is close to accurate or false because particularly I don't like what I'm hearing, I am old school , so I'm letting you know what I've heard from good sources.... if I am incorrect in any way don't blame it on me....just blame it on Cain, thank you for listening, talk to you soon, catch you on the flip side, Blues Man.