I've always loved the sound of single coil pickups and the overall tone of the Fender Stratocaster. Unfortunately, it never was a comfortable playing instrument and the neck is cumbersome. Also, the bridge pickup always seemed shallow when overdrive was applied. The new Music Man Cutlass is an awesome instrument. The neck is so comfortable and quick. The tone generated by this guitar is amazing and the single coil pickups are a step above the Fender versions. The fit and finish are superb and the weight and balance of the guitar are perfect. The quiet circuitry cuts out the hum and noise but does not affect the sustain of the guitar. I can't say enough about the overall craftsmanship and beauty of this guitar. If you're a Strat player do yourself a favor and play this guitar.