So I've had my new Tyler for about a week and feel it's the best Strat I've ever owned (and I've owned a ton of the real deal as well as other makers take on the design). Putting aside the incredible feeling neck (can a rosewood topped maple neck be any more comfortable?), and the really killer mid-boost circuit with bypass (better and more usable than I imagined) - and you're still left with a super, super sounding strat. The plugged tones (sans boost) are everything you want from a strat and then some. There's a real whomp added to the usual stingy bite and an abundance of nice harmonic overtones are on hand. So what's the magic? The neck pocket is nothing special. The Wilkinson Gotoh bridge I'm sure has something to do with it. But I'm starting to think that the oversized paddle headstock might be a part of the secret. Maybe that added bit of tonewood up there is the key???? I don't own a large headstock strat to compare it to. Anyone else have any thoughts on why Tylers sound so freakin good?