Hi so I've been waiting to update on my quest for a strat. About a month ago i bought a beautiful 2008 American Standard with locking tuners/case for 1k. It looks exactly like the Websites logo maple neck and all. Now Unfortunately because of Covid i was not able to try out any guitars but GC was offering full money back till Jan 31st. So i did as much research as one can do from the computer and bought one. I'm also not much of a gear guy so didn't have alot to compare it to. It played decent , i felt it needed a set up given that it had 1-2 dead notes on the high e string. I brought it to a local guitar shop i trusted. And the tech told me it needed a Refret which made sense given the frets did look worn. 350 bucks but i felt that still the guitar was still worth keeping instead of returning so i paid for the refret. After the refret, the areas where there were dead notes are better but they still aren't as clear as my PRS. Also the frets are dirty (I've had it back for 5 days and have sweaty hands) not sure if that can make them dirty in that amount of time. Another major concern is and im not sure how normal this is. But when i bend on B or G between 10-14 i feel alot of friction of the string grinding up against the neck, Not sure if this is normal. Also i've included some pictures. It looks like to me it has fret sprout . I'll let you guys decide if this is normal for a strat from the pics i include. Are these things normal and that's just how strats are? At this Point an American Professional strat at GC is 1449. I'm not sure how great these are but they would be new . Not sure how they compare to the Axe i currently have.