I've been jonesing hard for a Lake Placid Blue Telecaster...Was either going to be a MIM Standard or American Special. I went back and forth debating the differences and seeing if I could justify the extra money over what is already a fantastic guitar. While I was researching and debating, I put my G&L Tribute ASAT Special & Marshall DSL40C up for sale (Craigslist, Reverb, letgo, OfferUp) to help fund whatever I chose. I figured I could get a brand new MIM or used Am Spec (with some extra dough). With a Standard, I figured that if I didn't like the pickups, I could use the extra money to swap. Back & forth, back & forth...I really like the rosewood fretboard combined with the LPB color but also like the ability to intonate each string instead of having the vintage style bridge. For my skill level, things like the different string trees, tuners, finish and so on really wouldn't affect playability. I finally had to ask myself that in the end, would I be happy looking at a maple fretboard or would I want to upgrade to rosewood in a year or two and have to replace the MIM? I'm looking for a guitar that would be on par with the status of my Studio, except single coil...one that I won't sell. Well, it turns out that a guy I know runs a Reverb shop and he took my guitar and amp in on trade (with a bit of extra) towards a 2016 Lake Placid Blue American Special Telecaster with the Fender gigbag and hardshell case! Should be here Tuesday. I cannot wait. CAAAAAAAANNNNT WAAAAAIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, I feel like I'm set. I'll have a classic humbucker and a classic single coil and won't need to get another guitar. I love the look and feel of both and can grow into them. (I'm still growing into my LP). As far as the cork sniffer in me, I'll have 2 great MIA instruments. My Blues Jr has been modded by ToneTron Amps and is SO much better than stock...And much easier to lug around than the Marshall. I'll post pics as soon as I get my grubby hands on the new piece.