Wow, I had no idea that Fender was making affordable guitars that played like this. I love my new American Special. One night and I can tell already that it is going to be one of my go to guitars. Just when I was becoming one of those "Fender doesn't make great guitars anymore" guys too. If that is you as well, you owe it to yourself to try one of these. Mine is two years old, but other than some light pick marks on the guard, this thing is mint, sounds great, plays great, made in the U.S., and I'm into it for $750 with new strings and set-up. Texas special pups, 22 jumbo frets, grease-bucket tone circuit, thin urethane transparent finish, brass saddles, and classic tele looks. I'm thrilled with this guitar!