I know we've had this discussion a lot over the years. Why not have it one more time?
I've owned and gone through so many different MIM standards since my GAS days began in earnest around the same time I started on this forum (2008). I've had three different MIM teles since 2008, and three different MIM strats since then as well.
I generally thought the 2008-2010 MIM standards were outstanding, and it was nice that back around that time they came with gig bags. The most recent MIMs I've gone through seemed to still be well made, but.. I don't know. Just lacked that extra sweetness that I felt came off of my slightly older MIMs. From the gig bagged golden era 2008-2010. This is highly unscientific, just my own impression.
Re: MIAs: They're starting to put somce cooler features into them (belly cut on the tele, bypass notch in tone pots, better pickups, etc).
So... let's do it one more time. 2013 strats and teles: MIM standard vs MIA standard. is there a real substantive difference in build, or is it just going to be the difference a few bells and whistles makes? thoughts?