My '79 Strat has flat pole pieces. (Sounds great for U2 type tones, etc. Maybe not classic strat tones, but very nice.) My Current MIM has staggered pole pieces a bit like this: ........I .....I..I.....I ...I I..I..I..I I..I.I..I..I..I E A D G B E Which seems to be the classic staggered configuration.... But my Fender "Starcaster Strat" has this: ......I..I I..I..I..I..I..I E A D G B E I've even seen some pickup kits on Stew-Mac claiming this is the standard staggered configuration. I'm curious and skeptical. Was this ever the "standard" pole piece confiiguration on any Fender Stratocaster? Strike me as some sort of cost cutting thing or a way to make sure that the inexpensive strats are quite on par tone-wise with the expensive ones?