I know I'll get hammered here but my cousin just flipped $1200 for a new Fender MIA standard in Black with a Maple board and current standard electronics. Actually she's a great guitar and feels and sounds Great however His nephew has his MIM Lonestar Deluxe MIM Strat at home as well which was what $600 tops new as well as a older MIM Tele Deluxe. I dont think it was just me but other than the USA's better sonics and nicer finish it really didnt strike me as a much finer or refined instrument over the couple MIM's we already had. I dont mean this as negative against the USA's(Custom Shops/Sigs excluded as they are a different breed) but rather a Nod of Praise too some of the Import Fenders for their very near USA play and feel for $$$. Anyways not too Pooh on the USA Strats as the thread title reads but I didnt find a huge wow like I do with a Epi LP Standard vs a Gibson LP Standard.