Not at all thin for me with Ampeg GVT 52-212 as amp, it has 2x12" Jensen alnico speakers. Good with Fender SCXD too, with Jensen P10R as speaker, 2 x P12R in Ampeg. I have VM Jaguar in sunburst, sharing your opinion, but i love VM Jazzmaster instead. Same color as yours in JM. It has BIG tone in Ampeg! Haven`t tried surf in my VOX yet. Yes, i love The Surf Strat!