The american special is available in a HSS config with a rosewood board...in essence, the american special is a HWY 1 with gloss poly, and tx special singles instead of the satin nitro, and A3 pups. The humbucker is the same between models,.and is quite good if you want something a little hotter. Its kinda like a JB and Norton cross. I have a clip somewhere if anyone is interested.
Same frets,necks, tuners, bridge and quality of hardware between the H1, and AS model.
The MIM standards while good values still need some better tuners, and bridge/block. In addition to new pups.