I've played many MIM Strats and a number of USA Strats lately, and they are very, very similar in feel and sound imo. Not anything like the difference of Epi LPs and Gibson LPs. To me Epi LPs sound similar to their Gibson counterpart, but the feel and playability are quite different. Now I understand this Strat thing is a general conclusion... and if I played hundreds of MIM and USA Strats I might have a different opinion. But I think if one plays a number of MIM Strats they will find quite a few, if not more, that compare favorably. Anyone else think that MIM Strats are a great deal compared to the USA version? This brings me to the deal I got on a MIM Strat on Ebay two years ago. A 2015 Oly White Strat with a dark rosewood fingerboard in mint condition, (not a mark on it anywhere!) with a HSC... with some great upgrades. Fender locking tuners, upgraded large block vintage Strat bridge, and a Jeff Beck Hot Noiseless loaded pickguard... All for $425!