Just tried the Eric Johnson Rosewood Strat. It feels smoother, not as sticky, and plays more buttery. The edges are really sweet on the neck thanks to the binding, which is perfectly done and non-obtrusive. Has a sweet sound, and better "feel' for those that had complains with the maples. It does still hint of the plingy-ness, but even that is lessened a lot. I kinda think I would put Duncan SSL1s or Fender Fat 50s in if I had one. I wasn't thrilled with the 2 color choices - that baby powder-y blue and the gold kinda color.