I recently bought an Amercian Performer Strat to replace my Player Strat. I've had both MIM and US Strats before and they've come and gone, with me not really understanding why I liked some and others not so much. But I noticed an older American Special (2 Fenders ago, probably shouldn't have sold it) had a very comfortable string spacing. My Player Strat didn't have this; it had a 42 mm nut. Seemingly that 1 mm makes a real difference; I find chords much easier to finger on the 43 mm nut. I now wouldn't buy anything else (which appears to rule out quite a few S-type guitars, but not most of the US Fenders). Similarly I don't want anything other than jumbo frets. Perhaps that's another story.