So, yeah. My first Strat is really turning me into a Strat-hound, I think. The weight, the shape, and especially the neck make it so comfortable to play. But the overall expressiveness keeps impressing me. I see why this guitar is a staple of so many genres. Even having noticed that before, the versatility still caught me by surprise. The biggest surprise to me, not having a whole lot of previous Strat experience, is probably the pickups, though. I started out on a cheap (I mean CHEAP) Strat knockoff back in the mid ’80s, and its three single coils were thin and shrill, at best. Especially the bridge position. Largely for that reason, ever since then I’ve had guitars with humbuckers. My American Standard is my first non-import, non-knockoff, *actual* Strat. Stock AlNiCo  V pickups, I believe [now corrected]. But not a shrill tone to be had. And the bridge pickup is both hotter and way fatter sounding than I expected, whilst still having that classic single coil sound. I’m sure all of this is old hat to most of y’all, but it’s still tripping me out. Anyway, I just got new power tubes for my Budda, so here’s some tone, just for fun! Hope y’all are having a great night!