I started this in another thread, am posting in a separate thread w tags to get a broader group to see it. Whether we do our own setups or take out Strats to a tech, the problem isn’t always solved. Sometimes the solution is obvious, but often it isn’t. There are a lot of potential factors. Maybe there already is, but I'd like to see a touble shooting formula on playing stiffness feeling. It is a common challenge to the nonprofessional who likes to set up their guitars. I think it is the same challenge to many/most guitar techs - unless they have this "formula" already figured out. We all know the usual suspect variables for a Strat: string gauge, string brand, number of springs, type (brand and style) of springs, type of bridge, claw adjustment, type of trem, trem/bridge setup (blocked, decked, floated), neck relief, action Are there other variables to add to the list? I'm sure there are. That's a lot to sort out! Hypothetical Example: If you have two "identical" guitars (tho no two are exactly the same) and set them up with the same strings, neck relief, action, brand and number of springs and one feels great but the other has different stiffness, then you are left with: trem and bridge setup and claw adjustment Something like this with a "how-to" make the adjustments for the variables you identify. Oh, the information is out there; it's just to get a setup done, not necessarily all put together to address the stiffness troubleshooting issue. (I will say, if you like a floating trem, the Frudua method gets you really close to a result with a good feel.) C'mon professional techs and luthiers, help us out here!