Looking at both of these guitars at the moment but cannot really make my mind up! I'm not 100% sold on the jumbo frets but they're not bad. I like the idea that the Standard has micro tilt neck and 6 independent saddles for intonation and such. I'm more into classic rock sounds so not the traditional tele "sound". I've heard the pickups and such in the Am. Standard sound between a p90 & hum buckers. Not sure I'm hearing that but they do sound a little "thicker" to my ears. I don't want to 'mod' this guitar. I just want to use them stock. I'm really leaning t'ward the Am. Standard but the $400 difference is hard to swallow! And part of me says find a good MIM standard that feels and plays great. Take it to my luthier and have him do a fret job and roll the edges and have him drop in a set of pups and be done with it! thoughts? J.