Just picked up a EC Strat(the production model) "Blackie" in a trade deal. I've never really looked twice at these guitars as the TBX circuit always confused me. It seemed like every time I picked one up at a store the TBX must have always been on and I didn't think that the guitar was to "straty". Well now I have one and for the last couple of days sat down with her and "tamed the beast'. Talk about a great sounding, GREAT playing strat!! It's almost like the strat that I've been looking for all these years and she has been right under me nose! If I were to play a gig tomorrow and could only take one of my guitars I would have to say this would be the one. GREAT single coil tones and you can get in bucker territory with the boost. Anyways great guitar that I never paid attention to and glad that I finally did!