Well once again I am fighting with an almost irresistable urge to buy a Strat. It seems I get this sickness about once or twice a year, yet always seem to fight it off. Yet this time it IS very strong. I don't want to spend a fortune so I am thinking about a MIM as I am fully capable of modding it myself down the road. A new MIM is about $500 which is about what I want to spend right now. What do you guys think? Should I do it or wait? I just have this feeling if I wait a bit I may be able to find a deal on a used MIA for not too much more coin. But does it really make much difference? The MIM's I have played seemed pretty damn nice and with a set of BKPs and new tuners, nut and saddles I would think it would be a pretty damn good guitar. This is the GAS inducer as if you guys don't know what a strat looks like.
If you're planning to swap out pups and some hardware then a MIM should do you just fine. The cost will end up near the same as a used MIA I would think. To me it's not really a strat if it's heavily modded so when my strat gas hit I went looking for a slightly used MIA one. I didn't want the cheap bridge they are putting on the new MIA ones. I ended up finding a smoking deal on a 50th Anniversary Deluxe and I haven't looked back.