Hi I have two similar Fender Strats, - one CIJ 57 reissue with basswood body and maple V neck and one MIM Classic 70s with ash body and maple C neck. Both guitars has Fender Texas Specials pickups and Callaham Vintage S bridge systems. As you can see the guitars are very similar but there's a huge difference between the two tonewise. The CIJ 57 has a very punchy, bright tone with tons of sustain and just abaout anything I wish for in a guitar. The MIM 70s has a very dark tone (not muddy) with much less top, not as punchy and way less sustain. It doesn't sound like **** but not quite as good as the other and I find that I rarely use it. Why is there such a difference between these two? Is is the fact that MIM guitars are crap or has it to do with the different woods used for the body and the different specs for the necks? Any suggestions is appreciated. Thanks!