Hey! So, I just took posession of a great Strat. It has Vintage wire and radius. Am I hearing this right.. I hear a woodier tone I hear a more bell like tone on all settings I have a Kotzen Strat that I love. It has ginormous frets and a compound radius. I love the tone from the axe, it is just different.. Also.. On this new axe, it came with 9's. My Kotzen has 10's and I love it there. The new one with 9's is still super thick and punchy as all getout. I may just leave them on there as the formula for this guitar seems to be utterly sublime, or..... Is a thicker gauge always better? I have always thought so myself, but now, I don't know. Perhaps it is simply I, in that I do not want to mess with the mojo that is eminating from this fine axe right now.... Thanks, M.E.