Recently I tried out an American Deluxe Strat down my local axe shop. It was a good guitar. But there was nothing about it that I would say made it superior to my main Strat, an '08 Highway 1 (Center of my profile pic) In fact, for me the Highway 1 gives a unique tone I've never found in other Strats and need in my setup. (Billy Corgan used the second incarnation of the Highway 1 as the base for his signature Strat) I'm also a big LP player, last year I went shopping for an LP Trad and left the shop set on a cheaper LP Studio, which I subsequently bought. The Studio I'd picked up as a point of comparison and greatly preferred it. I've been playing for 15+ years, so like to think I have an idea of what a good guitar feels like. So is a higher end, much more expensive guitar really worth it? Be interested to hear from players who have chosen to make a more higher end Strat their main axe.