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MEXICAN STRAT vs AMERICAN STRAT – Guitar Tone Comparison!

October 11, 2019

[Music] [Music] [Applause] hey guys welcome back to the channel I hope you guys are having a great day today for this week’s video we are doing part two in our Stratocaster comparison series last week if you missed it I’ll put a link above we compared a squire standard versus the Mexican standard for today’s video we’re going to compare the Mexican standard versus an American Standard let’s get started [Music] now the conclusion I came to after last week’s video was that I was favoring the Mexican made strat over the squire even though it’s worth more money I think the features the feel the tone justified the extra cost that was sort of our conclusion after last week’s video now I haven’t compared you know the Mexican strat up against like the squire deluxe which is the blue one hanging behind me there or a vintage modified or classic vibe so certainly there’s nicer Squires that we can with that we could compare the Mexican two but I wanted to do a standard versus a standard and this week we’re going to do another standard versus of another standard the Mexican versus the American so anyway if you want to see any of the higher-end Squires compared up against the Mexican let me know in the comments other than that let’s launch into our comparison of the Mexican versus the American [Music] [Applause] [Music] so what are some of the features on this American Standard that would justify nearly double the price over the Mexican standard let’s take a look firstly the American standard has staggered tuning machines so the E and the a or certain height and then the D and the G are a little bit lower and then the B in the ER the lowest yet so that just causes the string to come over the nut and gives it the needed tension and eliminates the need for a second string tree so great feature the Mexican doesn’t have that now the Mexican only has one string tree two but it doesn’t have as much tension on these strings so I don’t know if that affects tone or not but the the staggered tuning machines are a great feature now in the back of the american-made strat it has the micro tilt adjustment which eliminates the need for shimming your neck the Mexican one doesn’t so I haven’t seen a lot of strats that neat shimming but some of them do and the American one just makes it really easy to get the optimal angle to set up your string action back on the front side of the American standard we get american-made l nickel pickups so it’ll be interesting to see how they sound up against the ceramics in vast the mexican made strat i showed you what those pickups looked like last week so check that out but yeah the ceramics tend to be warm and high output so it’ll be interesting to see if they kind of match that sound on the American Standard or if it is more like the square with a lot of bright chime e tones I found that Squier almost exceedingly bright so yeah it’ll be interesting to see what this American Standard sounds like alright the next feature that sets this apart from the Mexican Standard is the Tramp system so this has a two-point trim and so it sits on knife edges on just two points and balances the tension from the springs on the back versus the strings on the front and yeah I find it to be a very good system like all tram systems it does require a little bit of maintenance but even terrible trams can be made to work perfectly so I did a video on that featuring a squire I’ll put a link above if you haven’t seen that one you can check it out I also did a huge trim comparison between Squires and music man & GNL if you haven’t seen that one I’ll also put a link above to it if you’re interested in how tram systems work and which is the best one for your money you can check that one out but I find this one to be very good but like I said it does take a little bit of maintenance but it’s much smoother and I find it returns to tune a little bit better than the Mexican system [Music] [Applause] all right so that’s a basic rundown of the two guitars let’s get on to the fun stuff let’s hear the guitars in action let’s do the play [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] and and [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] and me [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] all right now that you guys have heard the riff comparison let’s do them a lot of comparison where we do some soloing and see how each guitar sits in the mix with other instruments as per usual you guys can find the backing track in the description below enjoy [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] some final thoughts on these two awesome guitars I think the pickups in the American Standard are nicer I think it matches pretty closely to the output of the ceramics but the ceramics tend to overpower a little bit of the nuance of the strings so I think the American one still retains most of the output most of the girth of the Mexican but still has a better string definition better note definition and a little bit you still get that high chiming kind of classic strat sound and I think it is more pleasing now is that enough to justify you know the price I don’t think so I think the Mexican one still offers the best value for money and would be my recommendation for a lot of players the next feel very similar the fretwork is about the same on both yep the controls might be better in the American but I don’t really notice it the Mexican main ones are perfectly fine and the beauty about having a strap is you can always modded so the trim is quite a bit better some play some players never use the trim at all so if you’re one of those players definitely go with the Mexican and again if the ceramics bug you I don’t think they’re a bad pickup at all I think they’re good sounding pickup but you can always swap it out so that’s the best part so let me know what you guys think drop a comment in the section below let me know which guitar you favor and if you have experience with both I would love to hear that comment as well I think it helps other players to you know have and hear the opinions of other seasoned musicians so if you have experience with both please yeah don’t hesitate to drop a comment other than that we’ll see you guys next week with a new video have a great week my information will be on the screen right now take care of you guys [Music]


  • Reply Darrell Braun Guitar September 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Let me know which guitar you preferred in this comparison, #TeamMIM or #TeamMIA?
    If you've been lucky enough to play on both I'd love to know what your observations were!

  • Reply Daniel Martinez July 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Does the Mexican strat have the famous Hecho en Mexico logo?

  • Reply Kenneth Holt July 18, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Darrell I realy don't think you did a fair comparison. You did not even try the Mexican tremolo. Does it work or does it not? I will grant you that the American pickups sound more mello but I just don't know if that would justify the extra expense. I am a medicore country and gospel guitar player. I will be buying one or the other.

  • Reply Dean Lutgert July 20, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Y'all crazy they both sounded the same

  • Reply Mike B. July 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Too bad that the Mexican uses Alnico now and not ceramic.

  • Reply JaquielMusic July 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    MIM all the way

  • Reply ndretti Thanatos July 22, 2019 at 12:45 am

    What about a Made in Japan model?

  • Reply Zack Crocker July 26, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Definitely the mexican 100 percent for me, i find the tone much nicer on that, its got more character with the nice warm sound but still retaines a bit of hi tone too, i will say though the american its brighter and the pickups do good work to pronounce the notes clearer. I have a Mexican and love it, not so fond of the american wouldnt trade up i dont think!

  • Reply Rob Murrah July 27, 2019 at 8:22 am

    anyone know if they're still making MIM fenders with tiny frets? that's always been my qualm with them.

  • Reply John Demko July 27, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Ceramic for neck, front quack and middle; alloy for back quack and bridge.

  • Reply Harris Rihan July 27, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    That mexi strat looks pretty much the same as one I've just put a deposit on. Do you know what year it is?

  • Reply TheExpendables4 July 27, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    …why compare between Maple and Rosewood??!! dumb aktion…

  • Reply Jon Reaves July 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    The US strat has too much brittle high end as usual…even in the mix I thought it too harsh. I always find those to have too much high end and prefer the warmer MIM strat tone.

  • Reply cajunboy2k July 31, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I like the MIA. The notes just sound more refined and clear. I wouldn't hesitate buying either one though.

  • Reply Rowlandph August 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I liked the MIM much better…It had a better all around rich to high tone…

  • Reply Flower Boi August 2, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I always loved the Mexican instruments so much. They have a heavy body tone and a lot more thicker. American made is also good but I always thought the sounds always too bright for me. Fender Mexican basses are my personal favorite instruments. I own a Mexican jazz bass and It sounds amazing

  • Reply henryssurfshowcase August 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    If I heard a recording or live with out knowing or seeing, the Mexican I would think for sure Fender Strat.
    The American I would think single coil but not really know if it was a Fender?

  • Reply sansGUY August 4, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Nice vid🔥 how bout comparing cheapest fender vs highest pacifica series? That's gonna be great

  • Reply Vince Vaughn August 4, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Just bought a Mexican strat in part because of this video and im super pleased!

  • Reply leftymadrid August 5, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Yeah, I got a squire some 3 years ago, was nice actually, then went for the daring purchase of an Elite Stratocaster, the playability was fantastic… but the sound was nice but…
    Month ago, picked up a standard mim Stratocaster and am blown away by sound, and playability!!!! It is a 2011 and I am so happy I got it, totally surprised of course as I wasn't expecting this kind of performance…
    I would recommend to anyone in the market to buying to first try a mim, before spending 3-4times more on the USA made ones. Do not get me wrong, I am sure the USA Stratocaster Guitars are incredible, and you can afford one then why not. The reason I sold my Elite was because I never used the S-switch!!!! Didn't care for the noiseless pick ups either.
    I was not expecting the surprised look on my face when I tried the Mexican made one, I think that when it was made, the planets were lined up or something because I would never ever sell it now, sometimes more expensive is not necessarily better, in my humble opinion of course
    Great video 🙂

  • Reply Andrey Bondarenko August 5, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I think that mim is better set up
    I hear the strings buzzing on the American's standard .
    On the Mim the Octaves is better

  • Reply Ervin Bosenbacher August 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Call me crazy but I’m a bigger fan of MIA Fender strat for countless reasons. 20 years ago I sold a strat plus as I needed the money and I bought a professional one this time and I’m more than happy. And because I bought it as a long term instrument not as an impulse for a few months I don’t mind paying more for a higher quality and a better instrument.

  • Reply Ujeb08 August 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    well done on this presentation! very thoroughly explained and well demonstrated. Thanks

  • Reply Kevin Bradshaw August 6, 2019 at 1:50 am

    You don't need a more expensive strat than the MIM. It's great. But I I'm not a fan of the narrower neck on the MIM guitars. But damn the price to quality ratio of a used MIM fender is really something.

  • Reply Ty Curtis August 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Awesome videos!!! I think my preferences, having watched a few, are the ceramic magnets paired with an amp with alnico magnets in their speakers. I like the big-sounding warmth of the guitar paired with the clarity of the amp. Thanks for helping me sort this out.

  • Reply Cpt-HellBeard August 7, 2019 at 4:53 am

    What are the pickups in the MIM? And have they changed recently?

  • Reply ricco lama August 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    For the price point I choose the Mexico made but the Americans sound little bit better 👌🏻

  • Reply Fernando Salazar August 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    The Mex and US made comparison: One fret board is rose wood and the other one is maple. Maple sounds brighter. Like comparing apple to orange. They should be the same.

  • Reply Nicolas Price August 9, 2019 at 4:14 am

    The American Standard is more crisp and has the tilt adjustment, but the Mexi-strat is so warm and can be manipulated by the amp to be more crisp. Mexican Standard is more bang for buck no doubt, worst case scenario you swap pickups, still a huge gap in price to fill.

  • Reply davocreative August 9, 2019 at 4:44 am

    American Std. sounds harsher. I prefer the MIM for some reason. American is not bad at all though.

  • Reply Keith Jans August 9, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    first Strat is a MIM. seems to work just fine…Can't see the extra money of a USA model…Not really worth it to me….

  • Reply Michael Turcott August 12, 2019 at 2:08 am

    The MIM has a fatter tone

  • Reply William Trujillo August 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    love my mexican strat, hate my US tele, so dusapointed in my first US guitar…

  • Reply Clyde’s covers August 15, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I like USA strats because it’s more patriotic too by American stop by Clyde’s covers and watch a jam I ain’t that great but only played sober for six years. I took twenty years off from playing lots of vids with my stats and teles and Gibson the American made are better quality. Older japan squires were a great guitars

  • Reply Clyde’s covers August 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    They sound great but if you one too last you years I would recommend usa

  • Reply Wilfredo Olivencia Olivencia August 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    The Mexican sounds much better than the American. The two point bridge doesn't make contact with the body the way the six screw one does. Play them acoustically and you'll hear my point.

  • Reply Surgeon001 August 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    That opening was 👍🏽

  • Reply alien Grey August 18, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Mim nicer all round

  • Reply henryssurfshowcase August 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    But wait, the Mex is maple neck and American rose wood!

  • Reply EarthCry August 19, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Just saying, better to have brightness and remove it with amp settings / EQ than not have brightness and try to add it back later.

  • Reply Moon Shine August 19, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Save yourself the money. Get the MiM. You have tone dials on your amp and guitar to compensate.

  • Reply Michael Zschoche August 21, 2019 at 3:10 am

    American Standard for me!

  • Reply Dan Swindell August 22, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I don’t know man, I’m pretty sure you could make s shoe box and rubber bands sound good.

  • Reply Christopher Sawyer August 23, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Just traded a guy a 2003 Ibanez SZ320 in Ebony that I modded with 2 push/pull 500k CTS vol pots, n a new 500k CTS a.t. tone, to a set of Seymour Duncan Invaders, set up for coil splitting and series/parallel switching, new US 3way toggle (the Ibanez 'superswitch' in the SZ's was the ONLY thing they did wrong on those guitars! Otherwise AMAZING instrument all around, and a perfect Ibby for those who feel more at home on a LP…. Never should've been shelved)….

    Anyway, paid $245 for that Ibby, n traded it with a hard case for my new 2009 Fender MIM Standard HSS Stratocaster (Midnight Blue with White Pickgaurd, maple neck n fingerboard, n chrome hardware) WITH a Fender Custom Shop hardshell case!!! I've got EVERY SINGLE piece of paperwork, manual, advert tag, even registration cuz it was never registered (now it is!), hell even got the Fender sticker that it came with and the hex keys for maintenance too!! The thing has probably seen less than 20 hours of actual playtime outside of its case. Its IMMACULATE and I AM IN LOVE WITH MY NEWEST AXE!! I almost felt bad as I drove away with it, but only for 2 seconds!

    She's getting a complete custom project overhaul, as that was my intention in buying an MIM strat to begin with… But MAN!! I gotta say, I'm amazed at how amazing this guitar sounds as is!! Its absolutely beautiful, and 100% Stratocaster ALL DAY, the MIM takes ZERO away from that whatsoever!! Not only in the tone department, but the craftsmanship as well! Anyone who thinks the guys in Ol' Mehiko are in ANY way sub-par to those employed in the US, is simply ignorant, racist, or overly biased for one reason or another (most likely because they own American Strat(s) and didnt bother to ever listen to or play an MIM model before they blew their money, and have since put SD's in their MIA's too, because the tone was lacking… so essentially they just paid hundreds more for what became a project platform anyway!) but after hearing such an undeniably great VS shootout, the MIA guys are ALL of em either super salty, OR ready to go trade in their MIA's keep their SD's throw em in an MIA, and use the extra money they just came into to add to the pedal board or re-tube their amp with a full set of JJ's and put what's left on a giftcard for a rainy day when strings become a reason to visit the local guitar shop!!

    Thanks Darrell, for the awesome channel n great, highly informative n too the point vids… And big ups to Fender, for keeping the best Luthiers in Mexico employed and providing those of us musicians on a budget all around the globe with kick ass Stratocaters and other guitars that not only look n sound amazing, but feel amazing to play and inspire us to pick up that guitar and keep the creativity flowing and to practice practice practice, because pushing ourselves as musicians, is the only way to become even more masterful at our craft! And what an awesome and rewarding craft it is if I do say so myself!

  • Reply Cloud Run August 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I've had to walk away from fender mim ceramic pickups. They seem very compressed sounding.
    Other ceramic single coils can be good, imo, but fender's versions just don't work for me.

  • Reply HsvJackie August 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Both are great guitars. Darrell, the best thing about his video was your playing.

  • Reply Will Lopez August 26, 2019 at 4:14 am

    American. Because murica. No mexico made guitars in my hut.

  • Reply Thomas Maynard August 26, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Im buying a mexican and saving about $400

  • Reply Barry Gilreath CEO Elite Dealer Services August 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I have all 3 Chins, Mex, USA right here and just like this video clearly shows the MIM has a much better tone. Sorry but next is the China Strat, then the USA. Then I have a 40th anniversary MIM with Eric Clapton Noiseless on it and it spanks them all! -not even a contest. I did the same test with a Tube amp, SS amp, and direct to console through peddle board same results.

  • Reply Balamsky August 28, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Which one of both feels more comfortable to play with?

  • Reply Jeff Reed August 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    MIM Strat……new set of staggered tuner keys and a set of pickups to your liking or not… good as an american made any day

  • Reply Guitardo Songs August 30, 2019 at 4:25 am

    American is great BUT Mexican is good too!

  • Reply Milos Mrdovic August 30, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Man, with those skills you could make a fishing pole sound better than Les Paul! Awesome play Darrell!

  • Reply Shawn Hughes August 30, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    The mim is a little warmer, and has a bit of a fizzle. The American is clearer and slightly bitey.

  • Reply y tho August 31, 2019 at 12:21 am

    That Jack Johnson riff, tho.

  • Reply harlequin75 August 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    You are definitely right. The MIM has a warmer tone. The American is brighter however it wasn’t annoying like the Squire you tested in the other comparison against the MIM strat.

  • Reply tony ray james September 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I''m a bass player (30+ years )….I have had an Epiphone SG for about 15 years just for writing and home recording , yesterday I bought a MIM Strat..for the price I was amazed with the quality .

  • Reply ravenpascal September 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I'm deciding between a Mexican Vintera and an American Performer, and this is very helpful.

  • Reply Wise Guy September 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I'm biased here because I much prefer the ceramic pickups. Ceramic sounds far superior in any application IMO.

  • Reply Robert Estrada September 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    thats why i got me a player series best of both worlds

  • Reply Jerm September 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    You played tastier licks on the American though.

  • Reply Kevin Gil September 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    The MIM had a quality to it that I preferred, I can't put my name on it, it soundes very balanced. But other that I kinda want both, because the american, had a different sound that seems like it would be funner to experiment with.

  • Reply ItsAllAboutWins September 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Hopefully I'm not the only one to say Satellite at 7:10

  • Reply silver watcher September 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I like the fender one when comparing fender 🤗 there is no better as long as it's a strat your flying high with the guitar gods of ancient 🤘🏻

  • Reply Donnie Montesano September 11, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Both sounding great guitars I can tell right away being an advid guitar player I can tell the Mexican strat has nine gauge strings the American version has 10 gauge strings very heavy bass tone more than the Mexican but then again very nice and it's just a pleasure to have one and play amongst my other guitars that I have.

  • Reply Geoffrey Thiry-Baetens September 12, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    To my untrained hear, it sounds like the MiM distorts more middle/higher notes. I much prefer the sound of the American one. Besides, even if you're looking for a warmer tone, I feel it's always better to start with a crispier sound and tweak it. I don't think you can't do the contrary.

  • Reply Israel Tamez September 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I own a squire strat when I learn how to play songs with it then I’ll be ready to upgrade 😃 but for now just bar chords 😂

  • Reply Joe Silver September 14, 2019 at 1:36 am

    The Les Paul sounded better.

  • Reply zaxarias creta September 14, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    12 .40 how song ?

  • Reply Dzoni Makaroni September 14, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I prefer the MiM tbh, sounds warmer and breaks through the mix better.

  • Reply Aldrin Alteza September 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I like the American Strat

  • Reply The Blues September 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    both sound nice but actually prefer the MIM one, but i actually prefer my telebration telecaster to either 🙂

  • Reply Transparent Heretic September 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Mexican 👍…..American sounded too thin and bright…but that’s me 😀

  • Reply Lukas Suzzi September 20, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Pickups can be changed- I mean everything can be changed and easily on a strat – I don't know if it's justifiable at such a higher cost if what you're going to really do is play it and play it well. I always saw strats and teles as these swiss army knife types of guitars. I have an old MIM strat and because of the cost, I'm not afraid to mod it and take a saw to it to reshape it or experiment with the color. In the end I think we just want what feels good to hold and play. A guitar should be unique to the player.

  • Reply Matthew Brown September 20, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Is that some Dave that I hear???

  • Reply Alexander martínez gonzalez September 22, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I don't hear the mex sound bad. I think it's more of a problem of taste and of the sound you are looking for. I think changing the microphones can really improve the truth

  • Reply newtonklaus September 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    i think the correct comparison would be between two rose wood necks or two maple necks, because the rose wood neck sounds a more warm sound

  • Reply SVANTE CONTI September 24, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    All moronic idiots keep saying America! You didn't attend elementary school or what? Mexico is America too! You must say made in USA idiots! Its on the headstock c'mon … can't read it?

  • Reply Cecil Lancaster September 25, 2019 at 5:09 am

    If u noticed, he played a better solo selection with the american strat, should have played the same solo with both guitars.

  • Reply Lonie Brown September 26, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Buying a Fender is confusing even strats, with strings, pick-ups, Japan, Mexican, American, are all different with in thier own models..

    Not a user friendly brand for a beginner player.

    I bought a HSH American deluxe Stratocaster 4 years ago, and I love it, other Fender loyalists, hate it, but were all in the same talent pool..

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  • Reply superweak September 27, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    American. Sounds like that great strat sound! Mexican is cool too. Should have one in the arsenal.

  • Reply David Pomella September 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Great demo Darrell, fair and impartial. Its good that you let everyone have their own opinion, and you included a little guitar economics 101. Personally I think the MIM is a great buy

  • Reply Rakan Kongsi Buragas 00007 September 30, 2019 at 4:48 am

    The smiling face DARRELL BRAUN, very good explanation. I like American fender but uhhhhh too expensive in my country.

  • Reply makeh b'patishe September 30, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Your playing is weak on mexi. Mexi strats are gorgeous. Sold my american.

  • Reply makeh b'patishe September 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Fender guitars are beautiful regardless of 25 miles from coronado is mexi factory. Bit stupid.

  • Reply primoroy October 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I started my collection with MIMs (except an MIJ X11 Strat), Strat, Tele, and Jazzmaster. So far I don't have a solid reason to upgrade or duplicate.

  • Reply Grimple Crumple October 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    My goodness you’re playing is astounding! Not only that your reviews are just the best I’ve seen, and as a beginner I would go with the Mexican as well until the day I could afford the American. I always go American if I can afford it.

  • Reply L D October 3, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Take a mim Strat upgd pickups, get a pro setup. Wood is wood you can 99% of the tone at a fraction of the coast. There are quite a few pickup winders in the net where outstanding pickups can be had cheap.

  • Reply Coleman Smith October 4, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Played both. But I own a mim. I like it better. Especially when you consider price. Tone of mim is more to my liking. However I think I will upgrade tuners.

  • Reply Dave Bones October 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Can you do a similar p90 comparison please. I have a Mexican Mustang and I want to know whether it is worth upgrading the pickups

  • Reply rustinonthevine October 5, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I bought the Mexican based on this video! I still like the USA for distortion better but I play clean a lot and preferred the MIM for that.

  • Reply andi suryowinarto October 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    if american standart have a one piece maple

  • Reply M G October 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Great analysis. Thanks for the side by side comparison. Very helpful! I’m going to get the MIM and some some $$$. If I have regrets, I’ll step up the the MIA.

  • Reply Tong Zou October 5, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    take a mexican strat. change out the pickups. and BAM – u got a guitar thats better sounding than an American strat for half the cost

  • Reply Vertical Wheels October 8, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hey Darrell you should compare new mim strat, because of new features, alnico5 pickups, 2 point trem… vs the American 🙂

  • Reply Rustedblade October 9, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I prefer Japanese thanks mate

  • Reply logioso October 9, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I owned a Mexican one many years ago, not sure if something has changed, l can only say that fret wear was an issue , do not if it is the same for American one, probably qualities are different in regards to that

  • Reply Blackbear Bear October 10, 2019 at 9:13 am

    USA one for me thanks

  • Reply Carl March October 11, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Love my 26 year old MIM Strat (Lake Placid Blue). I would say the biggest difference in quality in my experience (aside from pickup preference) has been the tuning pegs. After all these years, staying in tune is more of an issue with the MIM than with the MIA. Have thought about swapping them out, but have remained true to the instrument I received as a gift from my wife so many years ago…

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