theyre crap. get s squier vm or classic vibe, or a japanese one
I agree with the Japanese models, but Squier Vintage Modified or Classic Vibes? Those are pieces of garbage. I own a VM precision bass and it's the lousiest thing I've ever owned. The Pots are scratchy, the pickups are a tad tinny, but I think that's due to the cheap wood the thing is made of made of (agathis). I had to upgrade everything in order for it to sound okay. The classic vibes are okay, I disagree that they're better than a mexican model, this mexican model I have has way better components than the classic vibes will ever have. Better wood (alder), better hardware, makes a better instrument. Huge upgrade from a Squier.
IN GENERAL the electronics on a Fender MIM are superior to any Asian Fender or Squier.
However, sometimes the necks on CIJ Fenders are as good if not better than USA necks, NOT always...but sometimes.
I played the Squier CV 50's and found NOTHING much to complain about. I found it a good value. I played the Squier Fretless Jazz and was flabbergasted at the lack of output.
CIJ instruments have EXCELLENT tonewoods and craftsmanship. In general I'd rather have a REALLY good MIM than any CIJ for tone out of the box, but the CIJ ones beat MIM on tone woods, neck action and intonation as a rule and are worth upgrading to make into first class players, meaning GIGGING basses that you play for money in front of people.
Therefore on a Fender CIJ you find that is worth keeping, redoing the electronics is almost always in order to bring it up to USA standards. They seem to SKIMP on electronics. They seem more interested in what it looks and feel like than what it actually sounds like at Matsumoto. I just don't get why they can get everything else right but cheap out on the electronics.
On MIM Fender basses, make sure you get one that plays well from square one and you can pretty much leave it alone beyond a cap replacement, shielding and a pickup replacement if you are unhappy with the voicing. I've played some MIM Fender P-Basses that were totally worthy out of the box and others that were beyond help. Most the CIJ basses played amazing but screamed for electronics help. In general as a crap shoot, MIM wins.
Just my opinion, but if I could NOT afford to modify it or did not have the skills to do so, I'd prefer the MIM version as the electronics are better. I love my CIJ Fender, but I love it WAY more since I replaced the electronics.