I went to guitar center in Winston-Salem and I was not impressed with any of their gear -- even the gear made in the USA.This plays better than anything in Guitar Center right now.
A fender is not a fender and a gibson is not a gibson anymore.
It happened because the public has been fooled.
I could say the same about a lot of other products as well.
Tacoma was a great guitar. Look what fender did to it.
Likewise for Guild.
Likewise for Hamer.
They moved it to Korea, dopped the price, and dropped the Newport Pro from the line-up
I love this guitar. I have one in Korina wood. This one is a spruce top, and it's a little more mellow for jazzy stuff:
Here is mine in korina wood with Seth Lover pups. It has a little more punch for rock: