Funny, I feel the exact opposite. I love the contrast of the rosewood board with a white Strat. It's classic. I picked up this combo (on an American Std) last year and I'm done with looking at Strats for a long time.Primarily, looks. Certain Fender guitars & colors look better with maple or rosewood.
I generally prefer the look and feel of rosewood, but rosewood just doesn't look right on a white strat, for example.