So I recently decided to buy a MIM road worn (Brad Paisley silver) and I noticed that the price difference, at least here in Canada, is $280 CA ($206 US) between that and an American Professional. Thats a pretty close margin. I know this particular guitar is a bit pricier than the standard MIM. I've never checked out the American Professionals so I have no idea what their quality is. Is the MIM quality pretty close to the American Professionals. Either way it wouldn't change my mind on the BP MIM as it has the specs I want and the American Professional doesn't. The quality difference between MIM and the Custom shop I own is much farther apart and that doesn't bother me. I may upgrade some hardware on the MIM if I find it worth doing. I was just curious how much quality difference really exists between the BP Silver tele MIM and an American Professional.