I have a sentimental attachment to this guitar. My first electric was an early 70s (I think) Mustang I bought from a friend for $100. It was refinished with housepaint and the pickup wires were held together with Band-Aids. Still, it was my first electric and I loved it, but somehow it disappeared from my mother's house many years ago. I'd love to pick up another Mustang but don't know much about the re-issues. I'm also not very familiar with any variations that were available from the original run and if there are any sleepers out there. Where do you find the best value? Tell me about your Mustang experience and what models are best to target for acquisition. I'd love to get a vintage example but don't want to pay a ton of money for what was originally a student guitar. A new American Special is $1000 and I wouldn't want to spend much more than that.