Haven’t been playing it… seemed off, not connecting with it… Decided to do something radical for the hell of it and replaced the 10s with 11 flat wounds. BIG mistake… Worst tone I’ve ever heard bar none. I could tell just from playing it acoustically that it was crap. Not just dull or dark. I was expecting some of that, but in a good, jazzy sort of way. This was just plain awful… I’d be curious to know if anyone else has tried flatwounds on their Strat and what they thought…. Anyway, I couldn’t get the 11s off fast enough, but all I had in the string box were 9s... Didn’t feel like running back to the store for 10s, so on they went... I also didn’t feel like screwing around re-floating the trem, so I blocked it with a small Zippo lighter and added two springs. Viola! Plays and sounds like a charm. Seems that 9s are perfect for this guitar. I don’t miss the float, although the bridge is ever so slightly off the body. Since there’s negligible float, the 9s feel like 10s with the float, tension-wise. I tried decking the bridge with just the springs, but the metal lighter adds a bit of brightness, I think… The springs with the block have very little tension, but I think the tone is a little more… springy… could just be my imagination… I always thought you had to float the bridge for a proper Strat tone, but this sounds great to me… I’m in love with the Strat again! The guitar is a 2014 MIJ Ltd. Ed. 54 Strat with a fat V neck and modded with Fralin Blues Specials, a modded 5-way switch (neck/bridge in position 4), a series/parallel button, and bridge tone control. Lots of tones and great pickups if you like your Strat tones on the beefier side. Anyway, that’s my Strat story.