First: What the hell is wrong with me?!?!? I had been eyeing the same strat for several months and finally went today thinking *maybe* I would put some money down on it. Ive been going back and forth forever, and tonight I tried something Ive never done before. I played a really nice Les Paul next to it at the store. I realized why Im having so much trouble going for it. I love the sound of the strat, I love the look of the strat, I love how well it works with most any equipment/rig. But this idea that I should have thought of a long time ago made me realize that I cant get used to the necks. I cant tell if its because Ive only played a Les Paul for most of my guitar-playing life, or what, but for some reason I become twice as fast and just sound better overall on a Les Paul. I left the store thinking "Holy Crap! Im really a Gibson guy..." Its actually a nice feeling when you can admit something like this to yourself. So anyway, then I considered looking at different options within the Gibson line to compliment my studio. I liked a few SG's that I played, but couldnt really get used to the 335. While I played better on most of them than I did on the strat, it was the Les Pauls that felt like home. So, ANYWAY.... my question is this: If I am happy with the look/feel of my studio, is there any point in upgrading? I guess Im talking sound wise. From everything Ive heard, the studio is going to sound almost exactly the same as a Standard or something, it just doesnt look as fancy. What about the VOS ones? I always assumed there was reason to upgrade, but now Im wondering how much of a difference it makes.