Honestly, I've never been a strat guy, always have leaned on my Les Pauls for anything and everything which is strange since I cut my teeth on SRV. With that said, the older I get the more I like strats and teles and have a desire for that sound. I have a really nice sounding strat HSS deluxe with antiquities that I've had since 2008, but this 63 CS is a tone monster and oh so warm but with cut. Truley remarkable tool that feels old and broken in with a fantastic bell like voice. There were 3 to choose from and only 1 of the 3 had this really nice flamed neck. Guess which one I bought? I'm in love.