see, now your compaireing two different animals, the '72 ri tele's are indeed beyond fantastic guitars(i played the thinline, and the deluxe the same day last week at guitar centere they were hottness) anyways, your basic mim strat, compaied to your basic mia strat, the mia will eb loads better. as well as, teles, and vintage re-issues. mia guitars are just better, there is now way around it. that being said, i love my mim strat to pieces, it plays lovely, sounds alright stock. i guess i just got lucky.