Hello, all! Back in 2004, I bought an MIA Standard Strat. It's basically just the body remaining at this point. Not long after, I bought a '57 RI neck, MIM. It's been good to me, but I've come to understand that I should've taken care of these frets a long time ago. They're basically all the way flat around the 12th fret. I have no issues playing, besides bending taking an unnecessary amount of force, due to the friction of the flat metal of the fret. No excess string breaking, no buzzing. The serial number on this neck says MZ2006370, and checking it out tells me it's from 2003. I am able to pick up another E-series ST57-55 neck, with a serial number of E681896. That tells me it's from 84-87. The frets are a bit worn, but not at all as bad as my current neck is, but that means I will have to spring for some fret work sometime, anyway. I feel I have kind of a generic neck, and I enjoy the history and age of this one. I am just weary I'll buy into something that will require a lot of money in upkeep. Is there anything that says one of these necks is superior to the other? I don't mind spending money on maintaining a good neck, but I don't know which of these that would be. If either. The ST57-55 is the lower end of the e-series, if I've understood the models correctly. Does it still surpass this 2003 neck? The person selling it is asking the equivalent of 200-250$ for the MIJ neck. No fretboard wear on either Thanks for any help!