Is MIA really worth it compared to MIM?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by apm1991, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Davey77

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    I would say get the cheapest Squier over a Standard you can find used. See if the guitar playing sticks and then go from there to a high quality instrument if you are going to stay with it. If not.... then your not out much money.


    You really don't know what you want or need yet. Move out of the beginner phase first.

    That said, you really can't hardly go wrong with a good used USA Stratocaster.
     
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    My mia is better than any mim I've ever owned.
     
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    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

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    Don't get the cheapest Squier. Some of them are so terrible they're just frustrating to play, and you'll wind up finding it a pain in the butt, rather than fun.

    If you're buying a Squier and don't play guitar, take along a friend who does so that you can get an opinion of whether it's a decent guitar or not.

    You can get reasonable beginner guitars for $200. You can also get guitar-shaped bundles of firewood.
     
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  5. baris

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    I think I'm gonna stick with the Fender Standard Stratocaster MIM. Don't wanna risk anything and ruin my guitar dreams. I think it won't be a mistake anyway for a beginner :)
     
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    I really wish you would have lead with this information. I doubt anyone in this thread would recommend an American strat to someone who didn't know how to play at all. Get something less expensive and learn the basics.
     
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    I didn't say American strat. I was talking about the made in Mexico one. :)
     
  8. suncrush

    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

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    I totally would. They're better instruments, and if you buy used, you can get your money back if the guitar thing doesn't stick.
     
  9. GoldenEagle0308

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    As long as no one builds a wall between MIM and MIA, it'll all be alright.
     
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    I have them all; MIM, MIJ, MIA, MIC, MIK, MII ...etc; Squier and Fender.

    Not one of them is a bad guitar and all can be gigged successfully to audiences who wouldn't know the difference anyway.

    I used an MIJ Squier for many years, then an MIA Fender and then some MIM Classics (all played in big venues at one time or another).

    I now gig with two Identical '50s Squier CV's (one as a string break backup) and my Gretsch Electromatics.

    All have been set up to perfection.

    I also occasionally use an Epiphone Les Paul over my Gibson Trad LP, simply because it has a coil tap feature.
    The Gibson's pickups are a tad crisper, but the Epis still sound good.

    Never owned an MIM standard, but I did play one owned by a friend; nice guitar.
     
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    Can't comment on the mim v mia. But I've just bought a Ibanez J Custom. Makes my MIA seem like a toy. In fairness, makes my musicmans seem very average also.
     
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    I started with an 95 Am standard, couldn't get the thing setup to play right. Something was off with it's bridge and neck. Traded it in on a MIM and the difference was tremendous. In my small sample size, yes, the MIM was far better.
     
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    Clearly yes. From here to Australia, everyone knows that there is nothing better than an iconic MIA guitar.
     
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    I just got back from a music store where I played a mim deluxe tele. It was really nice and had everything I like.....22 frets, 3 single coils, and 6 saddles. I cant see much difference from it and a mia deluxe, except the price. I think when I get a tele it will be one of these.
     
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    I have 2 Fender MIM Strats that are fantastic instruments. I also have 3 Squier Strats that are great players. I really want to own an USA Stratocaster but I'm gonna have to be convinced that it's worth the extra money to sell me on it. I'm gonna have to play some extensively because what I've heard from MIA owners has not convinced me.
     
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    i just noticed that the frets on my mim strat are wearing out very quickly. but i have been pretty much using only it for practice and stuff. the only other guitar ive touched in 4 months is rehab....and only twice to make vids.
     
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    MIM for ever. Spend the extra money on upgrades and gear.
     
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    The MIM have to be good instruments or Fender wouldn't have put their name on it. What company would run the risk of ruining their brand with a "****ty" guitar. You don't see Ford or Chevy selling inferior cars for less money. You see them selling models without all the bells and whistles.
     
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