Thanks much guys. I will try not to dissappoint.
At this point I do wonder if this whole “quality” topic is more a thing of the past. They produce so much guitars in Indonesia and Mexico these days. You would think they are pretty skilled at it… I mean if they had used more expensive materials than I don’t think anyone could notice a difference from a premium made one.
When people complain it’s usually more a case about bad QC and that the product should never have been sold. Quality issues can happen with premiums models too.
Flying in late to this thread…
I have two Indonesian made basses, both Ibanez SoundGear models (an SR300 and an SR500EPB). Quality-wise, they’re both amazing. My SR300 was my only bass for years, and I never had a single issue with it.
I have one USA made bass, a Carvin LB20. Quality-wise, it is also amazing (even in the world-weary condition it was in when I got it). At one point in the early 90s, I had a USA-made Fender Stratocaster (yeah, yeah, after noodling on bass for a while I decided to give guitar a try… not my jam, LOL). Quality-wise, it too was also amazing.
My bottom line? Based on my minimal experiences, I can see no quality differences between Indonesian made instruments and USA made instruments. Your mileage may vary and all that.
This has been my experience as well. My instruments made in Indonesia are every bit as well made as the MIJ and MIA instruments I have checked out.
And I am really happy with my bass made in Taiwan.