I have two Strats, one Fender and one Partscaster. But for all intensive purposes both are equally good (good parts all). However, on my Fender strat I can play it unplugged and it is really loud and resonates like an acoustic guitar. The body heavily vibrates on my leg as well. Is this due to the neck pocket being tighter on a Fender? Does it have to do with the stiffness of the neck somehow being older wood? Does the vibration affect the playability or tone? Is it better or worse. Seriously, you can strum this Strat like an acoustic so much so that I rarely plug it in when practicing (I also just re-discovered it in my pile of guitars). I recently spoke to an older Country & Western musician who told me all he played were vintage Fenders. I asked him if the whole "vintage" thing was hype or placebo effect. He told me it wasn't (of course what was I expecting to hear?)...but then I thought maybe vintage Fenders vibrate more like my non-vintage Fender or he meant something of that nature. Thanks for reading and your thoughts. EDIT: The difference in weight of the guitars is 1 ounce. Both are alder as well.