I have 2 Japanese-made Fenders. One of them was made when there was no US Fender factory (1985). I was just a kid, really wanted a Telecaster with a rosewood fretboard, and had read glowing reviews guitar magazines, so I dropped more money than I had ever accumulated before on a MIJ Telecaster. I have never regretted it. While other guitars have come and gone, I have kept that one. I knew nothing of Fender's woes, because that sort of thing wasn't as widely reported as it is now. All I knew was that the guitar was extremely well made and fit me like nothing I had ever played before. I have a Korean-made Epiphone Les Paul that was a basket case after decades of abuse, but had more acoustic resonance and playability than a whole lot of Gibsons I had played before it. A couple hundred in parts (mostly pickups, and it's a very respectable player. My Chinese-made G5230T took a little work too, but not an excessive amount, to make me really love it. The basic instrument was well-built and plays like a dream. Really, tuners and electronics were all that it really needed. Sure, I added more, but that was because I like tinkering. My G5220 was an inexpensive short-scale bass that has the tone and playability I like. My Chinese-made Traveler EG-1 and EG-2 guitars have been outstanding in their roles. When I'm on the road, I always feel drawn to pick them up and plink away for awhile. My MIM Telecaster Partscaster (almost all Fender parts, but assembled my me) is a pretty solid guitar. Still a work in progress, but a fun project and test platform. All of those imports have poly finishes. All of them were built to a certain specification to protect the value of the original brand and provide a solid product at their respective price point. I'm not a fan of using cheap electronics or tuners, and would rather pay a little more for the good stuff, but I understand why they were selected. I would rather have a US-made guitar, but I am not paying just for that distinction. That's just rewarding bad behavior. My Ultra Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul Player Plus were made in the US. The Gibson is my only nitro finished guitar, and I'm not overwhelmed with that feature. I bought the guitar because it played well enough, had P-90s, the price was reasonable, and I knew it probably would retain value. I actually prefer the neck finish on my Telecasters by a pretty large margin. I don't like relic finishes. I don't like finish checking. I don't particularly like super-gloopy poly finishes, either. I sent back a G&L that was almost unplayable because of how thick the neck finish was. I guess I'm less concerned about the finish medium itself or who applied it than how well it's applied.