On every guitar, the volume knob is the REAL tone knob.
Others view that as a feature and not a bug. The knob placement makes it easy to do volume swells.If you spend 90% or more of your time playing a strat, you kinda adjust to this peculiar design feature. But if you spend a fair amount of time on Tele's or LP's and you go to a strat, the volume knob and pickup selector location seems idiotic. How can anyone pick close to the bridge on a Strat without hitting the volume knob? It takes a pretty unique "style" to pull that off.
Amen ... Loves me some MFDsLeo continued to listen to his customers and refine the designs, just as Fender has done in his absence. The original strat and tele designs are fantastic, but I prefer the bridge and the MFD pickups on my ASAT Special, and the noiseless pickups/5-way toggle/S1 switching on my American Deluxe. Nothing wrong with a little tweaking