I just bought a 2012 American Standard strat that has fat 50s in it. Is it me or are those pickups spikey and harsh. I have a 99 American Standard and a Vintera 50s strat and they both sound like a strat. And they don't sound too different from each other. The American is a little fuller and richer than the Vintera but one with the fat 50s lacks the thwack in the middle/bridge position and the neck pick up doesn't have that magic tone you get when you're playing up around the 12th fret. Am I missing something? Was fender trying to appeal to players that wanted a more aggressive tone and I'm just the old dude that isn't keeping up with the times?