I still don't see why fender would care even slightly, about someone getting burned on the used market. I'm not saying it's impossible, maybe you're exactly right, but I think they only care about moving units out the door. If anything, fender would like to see the used market go away, not protect buyers of 2nd hand guitars. They don't make a penny from used guitars. Perhaps people (us used buyers) use the holes for identification purposes, I totally get that.