I have owned both and I currently own a Fender "Limited Edition" American Special Telecaster Autumn Blaze Metallic with Maple Neck. I really like the Fender American Standard Telecasters before FMIC changed the bridge saddle to Stratocaster Bent Steel Saddles. So, for an additional cost I installed a Gotoh nickel plated brass bridge with solid stainless steel bridge saddles. This really changed up the feel and tone to a much better level. I also installed Hipshot 21:1 ratio super staggered locking tuning machines which also make a really big difference. The "Custom Shop" Texas Special Alnico V Magnet based pickup's are the hottest wound Tele pickup's Fender makes. To me the Texas Special's don't sound as good as they should with the original 3 brass barrel bridge. Swapping the bridge for the Gotoh makes a really big difference. Then there is the Jumbo frets. I have big hands and I have always preferred larger frets so this is a personal preference which I really love. The difference in price is a big factor. These days you would have to get a Fender American Professional Telecaster for around $1,449.99 or you could get a Fender American Special Telecaster like this one for around $899.99. That's like over $500.00 for very similar Tele's. Mine came flawless from the factory and the "Custom Color" is very very cool.