I stayed home today to ensure that my newest arrival found its way safley out of mail room. Sweetwater has special edition US Strats that have roasted maple necks and custom Shop pickups. And they sound oh so sweet. I usually have a heavy pick hand and I like the feeling of some heavy attack, but with this guitar such a style would be like chopping wood with a scalpel. The notes are so damned distinct and clear that you want to make sure they ring out as much as possible. I know many think that SB with a maple board is like a burger with mayonnaise instead of ketchup, but I enjoy having something at least a little unique, and I think the roasted maple accents the pastel quite well.