Hi folks! I stumbled upon this amazing looking Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster in Teal Green Transparent color and I immediately fell in love with the sound and overall condition of the guitar. The guitar tech from the store told me that it is in consignment and the guy who's trying to sell it was a bassist so it was never even used! It comes with all the original candies that came from Fender. They're selling it for $650 with no hard case, just a Fender gig bag but I'm still trying to haggle. Overall condition appears to be 8.5/ 9.0, it still have good fret life (almost zero wear), plastic on pick guard are still in tact! LOL! I can see grains on the body! Pickups are all original and parts aside from the bridge tone knob was modified to control the tone. This will be a birthday gift from my wife and she gave me a budget of around 650 - 700. My dilemma is that this is also the same price of a brand new Player Series MIM Stratocaster, this also feel amazing (like an old American Standard) but I hate the crappy tuners! Won't even stay in tune! Should I go with Highway 1? I don't have much experience with Nitro guitars, it feels really REALLY great, feels like "broken -in" neck ! Am I missing anything with an old U.S. guitar vs a new MIM Player Series? Cheers!