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5 Reasons to Go With the American Strat aged is better

The Fender Standard Stratocaster is a great guitar, especially for the money. But the American Strat is the real deal. For many players, nothing short of the best Fender has to offer will do. The price tag may be higher, but Fender's American instruments are among the best guitars in the world. Nobody is ever disappointed with a made-in-the-USA Strat.

Here are 5 reasons to consider the American Standard Stratocaster.

Tone. Honestly, tone could be reasons one, two, three, four, and five. Mexican-made Strats sound great, and some sound spectacular -- but when you choose an American Fender you have a much better chance of finding that Holy Grail of tone you know you've always been searching for. American instruments are constructed to higher standards, using better quality control, and better materials. You find that one gem and you may never buy another guitar again. Every note on the neck of a great American Fender just oozes with mojo, at every pickup setting.
Value. An American Strat will increase, or at least hold, value over time, whereas an MIM probably will not. You may not care about resale, but imagine passing your beloved instrument down to your son or daughter someday. An American Fender is an heirloom that can stay in your family for generations, and it will only sound better with age. Plus, there are few things more beautiful than an aged, well-loved Strat.
Performance. Yeah, this is listed under the MIM positive points as well, but it means something different here. With an MIM Strat you get a great guitar for the money. With an American Strat you get a great guitar, period. If you're a professional musician, this might be a big difference to you, especially in a recording situation. You want to get the best sound you can, and an American Strat will deliver that over and over again.
Buy American. This means a lot to some American guitarists. They feel good knowing the instruments they use were not built in some other country to save on labor costs, and they're proud to support an American company that still builds their best stuff in America. To be fair to Fender, their factories in Mexico are quite high-quality compared to the shops some guitar manufacturers have working for them. Still, many guitarists will only play American gear, made in America, by American workers.
The Fender Legacy. Make no mistake: an MIM Stratocaster is a real Strat through and through. However, generally when people talk about Fender Stratocasters, they're talking about the American model. This is the bloodline that streams from Hendrix, Vaughan, Beck, Gilmour, Blackmore, Malmsteen, and countless others.
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