I started with an Epiphone Les Paul, slowly but surely figured out I liked the tonal palette of the Strat better. The 5 way pickup switch, the tremolo, the maple neck, the difference in weight (the strat is much lighter). I've never had tuning stability issues with my strat and I've always floated the trem. The bridge pup in my strat is wired to the tone knob I think, unless it only does the middle, but I thought it controlled the middle and bridge. With a fuzz or some overdrive the bridge pup sounds great, I just don't use it when I'm playing super clean.