I'll distill this years-long on-again-off-again search down to this: In 1973 I bought my first new decent guitar, a Stratocaster and even though I never really was able to bond with it, I kept it for nearly 40 years until I sold it a couple of years ago for a tidy profit. I really wanted the Les Paul back then but those were out of my price-range. As I got older and started acquiring more and more guitars I found myself having the urge to give them another try since Strats and Strat-type guitars have come a long way since then. I tried every variation of Fender's models plus a couple of Strat inspired brands. Bottom line is they all seemed to lack the resonance and overall tone I was looking for. I will stress that when I say "tone" I mean tone to my liking since this is a very subjective. I found that there were certain aspects with all the guitars I interviewed I liked but NONE that incorporated them all including color (I like Olympic White). So, here's what I ended up doing: Bought a 2014 Fender Am Std in Olympic White Swapped out the bridge pup for a Seymour Duncan Little '59 Decked the Trem for dive-bombs only Swapped out the neck for a Warmoth Pro Strat which is fatter and wider I even called Warmoth and asked who they recommended in the LA area to do the mods. After receiving all the parts I took it to the shop and here's what I ended up with. I absolutely love it. It incorporates everything I had been looking for all these years. Necks make a HUGE difference on these guitars and this one resonates for days. It's also fat and wide which I love.