My feeling is the MIA Fenders are superior guitars, but are they 2x as superior to a nice MIM? In my estimation, no. My Deluxe Roadhouse Strat I'd say is 80% as "nice" as an Am Pro, but it was 50% the cost. That said, it didn't stop me jonesing for a MIA Strat. So I played a ton of guitars and settled on a fantastic '99 Am Std that I paid $900 for. A little bit more than I bought the Roadhouse for. Not saying the new MIA Fenders are overpriced, they're probably not... But once you get a taste of a fantastic guitar at used prices it becomes hard to justify the higher cost of a new MIA. In my experience. Lastly, one of my favorite guitars is my Chinese Epiphone ES-339, that I bought used for $350. The playability/versatility of that guitar, coupled with its build/finish quality, blew my mind wide open. That guitar, when I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about playing it... It's that nice. The fact I paid $350 for it just makes me love it more.