The reason why a low end MIJ can be better than a high end MIM is because of quality control. It probably wasn't supposed to work out that way when Fender laid their plans, but that's what can happen in the end when you put human labor into the equation. When you weigh the models by price points and specs, you're going by what was planned out in the board room, not what actually resulted at the end of the production line. I don't know why quality control is all over the map when it comes to mass produced guitars, but it is. There are a lot of low paid workers being asked to do very precise wood and finish work. Maybe not everyone changes their electronics out, but it's so easy to do, compared to reworking the neck or redoing the finish, that it should not be counted against the quality of the guitar. It's just too trivial.