Lately, I've been practicing my alternate picking (and some economy as well) and for the longest time I couldn't figure out why I could play faster, cleaner, and with less effort on my Les Paul when compared to my Strat. Now I know why - it's the frigging placement of the volume knob on my Strat. The reason is because I prefer to anchor my pinky while playing, especially when I'm running up and down the neck at faster speeds - that anchor (at least for me) is key. I also like to rest my hand right on top or close to the bridge - this means that my pinky needs to rest in a certain position. On my Les Paul, my pinky rests on the pick guard just to the right of the bridge pickup. On my Strat, that same position (while resting my picking hand on/near the bridge) is where the damn volume knob is. So, with the Strat, I'm forced to rest my picking hand away from the bridge in order to find room to rest my pinky. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but it instantly makes me a sloppy player when trying to play faster. I guess it's just that I need to get used to it (that's what I've been trying to tell myself anyway), but every time I go back to my Les Paul and play like butter I realize that maybe it really is just a ****** place to put a knob on a guitar (for the Strat). Anyone else feel this way?