I'v owned US Strats in the past and liked them, but not being able to afford one for awhile, got a MIM Strat, which I used as a work horse. It did ok, but I've always kept my eye out for another AmStd Strat. I've come across a mint 2000 complete with case candy etc., asking $900, and I'm tempted. But it's probably just for status since I don't really need the upgrade. But it would be nice to have a US Strat like I once had. Any other advantages to having an AmStd?