Hi there, I'm new to strats (I have a Gretsch now) - I only dreamt about having one but I always thought I would only go for a Mexican. Now though found something used and will be seeing it in the coming weekend. The guy is a private seller and promises that the guitar is in the excellent condition (one tiny dent only) and would sell it with an original hard case. Assuming new player + hard case would cost exactly the same - which would you choose? Also what should I look at when inspecting the used American standard?