I am totally convinced flatsawn sounds better, and is why Custom shop guitars do not sound like vintage Fenders. It is the piece of the puzzle that's missing. There is a "ping" and much harder attack, more treble, less bottom, and less of that nice elastic feel with quarter sawn necks. Compared way to many Fenders of both types now that prove this beyond question. I sold my all my CS QS and now have a flat sawn. The best sounding CS Strat I have owned. I now am selling my CS Tele and ordering one with a flat sawn neck. Thicker, rounder, warmer, softer attack, and sounds and plays like the best vintage Fenders. Like anything, there are some exceptions, but this is the missing part. Fender goes about getting shapes right, the color of plastic parts, but then cuts the necks wrong on most.